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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 32 n° 106

Giovanni Buttarelli named new data protection watchdog

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 28 novembre 2014

The next European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) will be Giovanni Buttarelli Parliament’s President Martin-schulz announced in plenary session on Thursday. His Assistant Supervisor will be Wojciech Rafał Wiewiórowski.Messrs Buttarelli and Wiewiórowski were listed as Parliament’s top candidates for the two posts after hearings in the Civil Liberties Committee on 20 October.”The Civil Liberties Committee has voted for two very strong candidates for the roles of European Data Protection Supervisor and Assistant Supervisor”, said Committee Chair Claude Moraes (S&D, UK). “Mr Buttarelli brings with him a wealth of experience as the former Assistant Supervisor of the EDPS and as former Secretary General of the Italian Data Protection Authority and I am confident that he will swiftly adapt to his new role. In addition, Mr Wiewiórowski also demonstrated excellent knowledge of data protection and privacy laws in the EU in his role at the top of the Polish Data Protection Authority”.”Last year’s NSA inquiry in the Civil Liberties Committee drew attention to a number of concerns surrounding the issue of data protection and privacy. With this in mind, I am confident that the two new heads of the EDPS will work closely with the LIBE committee to ensure that Europe leads the way in upholding fundamental rights in its data protection laws”, added Mr Moraes.On Thursday morning, Parliament’s Conference of Presidents (President Schulz and leaders of the political groups) gave Parliament’s green light to the two appointments.President Schulz said: “Protection of personal data is a key fundamental right, and one which needs renewed attention in the digital age. I therefore congratulate the incoming European Data Protection Supervisor and Assistant Supervisor and pay tribute to Peter Hustinx for more than 10 years of committed service”.Parliament appoints the EDPS and the Supervisor by common accord with the Council. Negotiations between the two institutions were conducted by Civil Liberties Committee Chair Claude Moraes. The final stage of the procedure will be the signature of the nomination decision by both the EP and the Council in order for the new team of Supervisors to take up their functions.Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee

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