41st DPO Network Meeting deemed a big success

The 41st Data Protection Network Meeting, hosted by eu-LISA in Tallinn, took place on 31st May and 1st of June in Tallinn. Twice a year the Data Protection Officers (DPO) from European Union Institutions, Bodies and Agencies meet in order to discuss and brainstorm on data protection related matters and reinforce collaboration efforts.

For the first time, in light of the preparations for the new privacy rules, a member of the French Data Protection Authority (CNIL) and two members of the DAPIX Working Party took part in the conference. Soon the European Union data protection framework will change and be aligned with the newly adopted General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the future ePrivacy Regulation. This modification will ensure that European Union Institutions, Bodies and Agencies will also offer a high standard of protection while they process personal data. In this regard eu-LISA, as operational manager of European Union large-scale IT systems, is dedicated to comply with the data protection rules respecting the fundamental rights of privacy and data protection of data subjects. This point is currently of utmost importance since eu-LISA’s mandate will soon be extended to cover news IT systems.

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) was very satisfied of the discussions since key topics such as the role of the DPO within organisation, Data Breach, Accountability, Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) and Privacy by Design and by Default were tabled and tackled during the meeting. All the DPOs took this opportunity to exchange views, raise concerns and learn from each other in order to gather useful knowledge for upcoming data protection challenges. The blogpost on this topic, penned by Wojciech Wiewiórowski, Assistant Supervisor at the EDPS, is available here.

eu-LISA’s Data Protection Office, and eu-LISA as a whole, are very pleased with the outcome of this event. Praises on both the content and organisation of the meeting came from all participants.

The next DPO meeting will be hosted by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in London.

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