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2013/504/EU: Decision of the European Data Protection Supervisor of 17 December 2012 on the adoption of Rules of Procedure

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15.10.2013   

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Official Journal of the European Union

L 273/41


DECISION OF THE EUROPEAN DATA PROTECTION SUPERVISOR

of 17 December 2012

on the adoption of Rules of Procedure

(2013/504/EU)

THE EUROPEAN DATA PROTECTION SUPERVISOR,

Having regard to Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by Community institutions and bodies and on the free movement of such data (1), and in particular Article 46(k) thereof,

Whereas:

(1)

Article 8 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights and Article 16 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union provide that compliance with the rules relating to the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data concerning them by Union institutions, bodies, offices and agencies shall be subject to control by an independent authority.

(2)

Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 provides for the establishment of an independent authority, referred to as the European Data Protection Supervisor, responsible for ensuring that the fundamental rights and freedoms of natural persons, and in particular their right to privacy, with respect to the processing of personal data, are respected by the Union institutions and bodies.

(3)

Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 also provides for the duties and powers of the European Data Protection Supervisor, as well as for the appointment of the European Data Protection Supervisor and an Assistant Supervisor.

(4)

Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 further provides that the European Data Protection Supervisor shall be assisted by a Secretariat and lays down a number of provisions concerning staff and budgetary matters.

(5)

Decision No 1247/2002/EC of the European Parliament, of the Council and of the Commission of 1 July 2002 on the regulations and general conditions governing the performance of the European Data Protection Supervisor’s duties (2), lays down a number of additional provisions on this subject.

(6)

Other provisions of Union law provide for additional duties and powers for the European Data Protection Supervisor,

HAS ADOPTED THESE RULES OF PROCEDURE:

CHAPTER I

GENERAL PROVISIONS

Article 1

Execution of duties and powers

The European Data Protection Supervisor shall execute the duties and powers imposed by Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 and other provisions of Union law.

Article 2

Definitions

In these Rules:

(a)

‘the Regulation’ means Regulation (EC) No 45/2001;

(b)

‘the institution’ means a Union institution, body, office or agency subject to Regulation (EC) No 45/2001;

(c)

‘the EDPS’ means the European Data Protection Supervisor as an institution;

(d)

‘the Supervisor’ means, unless otherwise specified, the persons holding the office of European Data Protection Supervisor and Assistant Supervisor;

(e)

‘administrative measure’ means a decision or any other act of the Union administration of general application relating to the processing of personal data carried out by the institution.

CHAPTER II

INSTITUTION AND SECRETARIAT

Article 3

Independence, good governance and good administrative behaviour

1.   In accordance with Article 44 of the Regulation, the Supervisor shall act in complete independence in the performance of his or her duties.

2.   The Supervisor shall ensure the proper functioning of the services available for the performance of the tasks referred to in Article 1, taking into account the principles of good governance, good administrative behaviour and good management.

Article 4

Roles of Supervisor and Assistant Supervisor

1.   The Supervisor and the Assistant Supervisor shall be, as members of the institution, responsible for the adoption of strategies, policies and decisions, and shall work together in the performance of the tasks referred to in Article 1. The Assistant Supervisor shall carry out those tasks, in case of the absence or inability to act of the Supervisor and vice versa.

2.   The Supervisor and the Assistant Supervisor shall aim to reach a consensus on general strategies and policies and other important matters, including those related to the Secretariat. The Supervisor shall decide where a consensus cannot be reached and the matter is urgent.

3.   The Supervisor, acting in close cooperation with the Assistant Supervisor, shall determine a division of work between them, including which of them is to have prime responsibility for the preparation, adoption and follow up of decisions and the delegation of tasks to the Assistant Supervisor, where appropriate.

Article 5

Secretariat

1.   In accordance with Article 43(4) of the Regulation, the Supervisor shall be assisted by a Secretariat, the tasks and working methods of which shall be defined by the Supervisor.

2.   The Supervisor may delegate certain tasks to individual members of staff, with the possibility of replacement by other staff members.

3.   The Supervisor shall establish a number of Units and Sectors forming the Secretariat to assist in the preparation and performance of the tasks referred to in Article 1. Each Unit or Sector shall be headed by a Head of Unit or Sector.

Article 6

Director

1.   The Secretariat shall be headed by a Director, who shall take all measures necessary to ensure the proper functioning of the Secretariat and the efficient use of resources, including replacement of the Director in case of absence or inability to act.

2.   The Director shall be responsible for:

(a)

the preparation and implementation of strategies and policies;

(b)

contributing to their evaluation and development;

(c)

the coordination and planning of activities, the measurement of performance and the representation of the institution in relations with other institutions and bodies, where appropriate.

Article 7

Management Board

1.   The Management Board shall comprise the Supervisor, the Assistant Supervisor and the Director. The Board shall meet at regular intervals, normally once a week, to discuss general strategies and policies and other important matters and contribute to a good coordination of relevant activities.

2.   The Director shall ensure the proper functioning of the secretariat of the Management Board.

Article 8

Director’s Meeting

The Director shall meet at regular intervals, normally once a week, with the Heads of Unit and Sector to ensure coordination and planning of activities and the preparation and implementation of strategies and policies. The Director shall ensure the proper functioning of the secretariat of the Director’s Meeting.

Article 9

Appointing authority

1.   The Director shall exercise the powers vested in the appointing authority within the meaning of Article 2 of the Staff Regulations of officials of the European Union and the powers vested in the authority authorised to conclude contracts of employment within the meaning of Article 6 of the Conditions of Employment of other servants of the European Union and any other related powers resulting from other administrative decisions both internal to the EDPS or of an inter-institutional nature, insofar as the decision of the Supervisor on the exercise of the powers vested in the appointing authority and in the authority authorised to conclude contracts of employment does not provide otherwise.

2.   The Director may delegate the exercise of the powers referred to in paragraph 1 to the official responsible for the management of human resources.

Article 10

Authorising officer and accounting officer

1.   The powers of authorising officer shall be exercised by the Supervisor. The powers of authorising officer by delegation and authorising officer by sub-delegation shall be exercised by those appointed in the charter of tasks and responsibilities of authorising officers by delegation and the charter of tasks and responsibilities of authorising officers by sub-delegation.

2.   The accounting officer of the European Commission shall be the accounting officer of the EDPS.

CHAPTER III

DELEGATION AND DEPUTISING

Article 11

Delegations

1.   The Supervisor may delegate to the Director the power to adopt and sign the definitive text of any decision or opinion, the substance of which has already been determined.

2.   Where powers have been delegated to the Director pursuant to paragraph 1, the Director may sub-delegate power to exercise those powers in his or her absence to the Head of Unit or Sector concerned.

3.   Paragraphs 1 and 2 shall be without prejudice to the rules concerning delegation in respect of the powers conferred on the appointing authority or of those concerning financial matters as provided for in Articles 9 and 10.

Article 12

Deputising

1.   In the absence of the Supervisor and the Assistant Supervisor or where they are prevented from exercising their functions, the Director shall where appropriate act as a replacement for matters requiring urgent attention during such absence or inability to act.

2.   Where the Director is prevented from exercising his or her functions or the post is vacant and no official has been designated by the Supervisor, the Director’s functions shall be exercised by the Head of Unit or Sector present with the highest grade or, in the event of equal grade, by the Head of Unit or Sector with the greatest seniority within the grade or, in the event of equal seniority, by the eldest.

3.   If there is no Head of Unit or Sector present and no official has been designated, the official present within that Unit or Sector with the highest grade or, in the event of equal grade, the official with the greatest seniority in the grade or, in the event of equal seniority, the one who is eldest, shall deputise.

4.   Where any other hierarchical superior is prevented from exercising his or her duties, or where the post is vacant, the Director shall designate an official in agreement with the Supervisor. If no replacement has been designated, the official present in the Unit or Sector concerned with the highest grade, or in the event of equal grade, the subordinate official with the greatest seniority in the grade or, in the event of equal seniority, the one who is eldest, shall deputise.

5.   Paragraphs 1 to 4 shall be without prejudice to the rules concerning delegation in respect of the powers conferred on the appointing authority or of those concerning financial matters as provided for in Articles 9 and 10.

CHAPTER IV

PLANNING

Article 13

Annual Management Plan

1.   In accordance with the principles of good administration and good financial management, the EDPS shall establish each year an Annual Management Plan. That plan shall translate the long term strategy of the EDPS into general and specific objectives. Performance indicators and targets shall be defined and measured twice a year to monitor and track achievements.

2.   A risk analysis of EDPS planned activities shall be incorporated in the Annual Management Plan, which shall include identified risks and risk mitigation planning.

Article 14

Annual Report

1.   In accordance with Article 48 of the Regulation, the EDPS shall submit an annual activities report (‘Annual Report’) to the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission and forward it to the other institutions.

2.   The Annual Report shall be submitted and published on the EDPS website no later than 1 July of the following year.

3.   The EDPS shall consider the comments which are submitted by the other institutions referred to in paragraph 1 under Article 48(2) of the Regulation with a view to subsequent possible examination of the report in the European Parliament.

CHAPTER V

SPECIFIC PROCEDURES

SECTION 1

General provisions

Article 15

Guiding principles and core values

1.   The EDPS shall act in the public interest as an expert, independent, reliable and authoritative body in the field of data protection, at the level of the Union. The interventions of the EDPS shall be based on impartiality, integrity, transparency and pragmatism.

2.   The EDPS shall engage constructively with stakeholders in order to ensure a fair balance between data protection and privacy and other interests and policies.

3.   Supervision of the institutions shall be based on the principle that accountability for compliance lies primarily with the controllers themselves.

Article 16

Policy on activities

The EDPS shall adopt policy papers in order to set out the main elements of EDPS policy concerning specific activities, where this is relevant for giving guidance on the positioning of the EDPS in relation to a specific activity. Policy papers shall be regularly updated.

Article 17

Monitoring compliance with the Regulation

The EDPS shall carry out regular monitoring exercises in order to ensure an adequate overview of data protection compliance within institutions. Those exercises may be general or more targeted, based on the knowledge and evidence gathered in the performance of supervisory activities.

Article 18

Enforcement

The EDPS shall enforce data protection obligations using the powers granted in Article 47 of the Regulation. Those powers shall be used to their fullest extent in cases of serious, deliberate or repeated instances of non-compliance.

SECTION 2

Prior checks

Article 19

Request for a prior check

1.   In accordance with Article 27 of the Regulation, processing operations likely to present specific risks to the rights and freedoms of data subjects by virtue of their nature, their scope or their purposes shall be subject to prior checking by the EDPS upon notification from the Data Protection Officer of an institution.

2.   In case of doubt as to the need for prior checking, the EDPS shall determine upon the request of the Data Protection Officer whether or not the processing operation presents specific risks and, if so, invite the Data Protection Officer to notify the case accordingly.

3.   If the processing operation does not present specific risks, the EDPS may nevertheless address certain recommendations to the institution.

4.   Notifications for prior checking shall be sent to the EDPS secretariat by email using the standard EDPS form.

5.   Any relevant additional information relating to the notified processing operation may be annexed to the notification form.

Article 20

Prior check opinions

1.   The EDPS shall adopt an opinion in which the relevant grounds and conclusions of the prior check are presented.

2.   If the notified processing involves a possible breach of a provision of the Regulation, the EDPS shall where appropriate make proposals to avoid such breach.

Article 21

Deadlines and suspensions for adopting the prior check opinion

1.   In accordance with Article 27(4) of the Regulation, the EDPS shall deliver the prior check opinion within two months following receipt of the notification. The EDPS may request any further information considered necessary. The period of two months may be suspended until the EDPS has obtained the information that has been requested. When the complexity of the matter so requires, the two months period may be extended once for a further two months.

2.   If the opinion has not been delivered by the end of the period of two months, or any extension thereof, it shall be deemed to be favourable.

3.   The starting date for calculating the deadline shall be the day following the date on which the notification form was received.

4.   If the final date is a public holiday or another day on which the EDPS’ services are closed, the next working day shall be considered as the final date for delivering the opinion.

Article 22

Deadlines and suspensions

1.   Prior to the adoption of an opinion, the EDPS shall send a draft of the opinion to the institution for feedback on practical aspects and factual inaccuracies. The institution shall submit its feedback within 10 days of receipt of the draft. This period may be extended upon reasoned request from the controller. The request for feedback shall suspend the period referred to in Article 21(1). If no feedback is received by the deadline, the EDPS shall proceed with the adoption of the opinion.

2.   The EDPS shall give the institution three months from the date of adoption of the opinion to provide information on implementation of the recommendations made in the opinion. The information shall be subject to follow-up by the EDPS.

Article 23

Prior check register

1.   In accordance with Article 27(5) of the Regulation, the EDPS shall keep a register of all processing operations that have been notified pursuant to Article 27 of the Regulation.

2.   The register shall exclude any reference to security measures. It shall contain a link to the EDPS opinion and information on the deadline for the provision of information by the institution pursuant to Article 22(2). The register shall be available on the EDPS website.

SECTION 3

Administrative consultation

Article 24

Administrative consultation

1.   In accordance with Article 28(1) of the Regulation, the EDPS shall be informed by the institutions when they draw up administrative measures which relate to the processing of personal data.

2.   In accordance with Article 46(d) of the Regulation, the EDPS shall advise institutions, in response to a consultation, on all matters concerning the processing of personal data, in particular before they draw up internal rules relating to the protection of fundamental rights and freedoms with regard to the processing of personal data.

3.   In principle, the EDPS shall only take into consideration consultations which have been submitted for consultation to the Data Protection Officer of the institution concerned first.

Article 25

Opinions

1.   The EDPS shall in principle deliver an opinion within two months following receipt of the consultation. The EDPS may request any further information considered necessary. The period of two months may be suspended until the EDPS has obtained the information that has been requested.

2.   The EDPS shall give the institution three months from the date of adoption of the opinion to provide information on implementation of the recommendations made in the opinion. The information shall be subject to follow-up by the EDPS.

SECTION 4

Legislative and policy consultation

Article 26

Scope of consultation

1.   In accordance with Article 41 and 28(2) of the Regulation, the EDPS shall advise on legislative proposals based on the Treaties and on other acts and documents, such as:

(a)

decisions under the common foreign and security policy;

(b)

implementing and delegated acts;

(c)

documents relating to agreements with third countries and international organisations;

(d)

legislative initiatives of the Member States under the Treaties;

(e)

initiatives for enhanced cooperation;

(f)

non-binding acts such as recommendations and communications relating to the protection of individuals’ rights and freedoms with regard to the processing of personal data.

The EDPS shall provide such advice following a consultation of the Commission under Article 28(2) of the Regulation, following any other request of an institution, or on own initiative.

2.   The EDPS shall be available for consultation by the institutions involved during all stages of the legislative process.

Article 27

Informal consultation

1.   As agreed with the Commission, the EDPS should be consulted before the College of Commissioners takes a final decision to adopt a measure or a legislative proposal or policy document. In response to such consultation, the EDPS shall provide the responsible service of the Commission with informal comments on the draft of a proposal or related document.

2.   The informal comments provided pursuant to paragraph 1 shall respect the confidentiality of the internal decision-making process of the Commission, subject to applicable rules under the Treaties and secondary legislation. The EDPS shall endeavour to respect the deadlines proposed by the Commission services, so far as is reasonable and practicable.

Article 28

Legislative opinions and formal comments

1.   The advice of the EDPS on a legislative proposal or related document may take the form of an opinion, formal comments or any other instrument deemed appropriate.

2.   An opinion of the EDPS shall analyse the data protection aspects of a proposal or related document. In principle, it shall be issued within three months of the adoption of the proposal or related document.

3.   A summary of the opinion shall be published in the Official Journal of the European Union (C Series), while the full version shall be published on the EDPS website.

4.   Formal comments of the EDPS shall focus on specific aspects of a proposal or related document. In principle, they shall be issued within two months after the adoption of the document. They shall be published on the EDPS website.

Article 29

Annual priorities and inventory

1.   The EDPS shall publish annual priorities on the EDPS website.

2.   The EDPS shall publish on the website three times a year an inventory with proposals for legislation and related documents in respect of which it intends to provide advice. The inventory shall classify those documents according to their priority.

3.   The inventory shall be based on the Annual Work Programme of the Commission and its updated annexes, and any other pertinent information available.

Article 30

Follow up of legislative opinions and formal comments

1.   The EDPS shall actively follow the developments in the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission after providing advice.

2.   The Supervisor shall be available to orally present and discuss the EDPS’ advice in a meeting with the legislator or to provide any other requested contribution.

3.   Where substantial changes are made to a legislative measure under discussion, the EDPS may consider submitting a further opinion, further comments or any other instrument deemed appropriate.

SECTION 5

Complaints

Article 31

Complaints

1.   In accordance with Article 46(a) of the Regulation, the EDPS shall hear complaints and investigate them to the extent appropriate, and shall inform the data subject of the outcome within a reasonable period.

2.   Complaints submitted to the EDPS shall not affect time-limits for appeals in parallel administrative or judicial proceedings.

Article 32

Lodging a complaint

1.   A complaint shall identify the person making the complaint.

2.   A complaint shall be submitted in writing in any official language of the Union and provide all information necessary to understand its subject matter.

3.   A complaint shall in principle be lodged within two years of the date on which the complainant had knowledge of the facts on which it is based.

4.   If a complaint relating to the same facts has been lodged with the European Ombudsman, the EDPS shall examine its admissibility in the light of the provisions of the Memorandum of Understanding concluded between the EDPS and the European Ombudsman. (3)

Article 33

Handling of complaints

1.   The EDPS shall decide on the most appropriate form and means to handle a complaint taking into account:

(a)

the nature and gravity of the alleged breach of data protection rules;

(b)

the importance of the prejudice that one or more data subjects have or may have suffered as result of the breach;

(c)

the potential overall importance of the case, also in relation to the other public and/or private interests involved;

(d)

the likelihood of establishing that the breach has occurred;

(e)

the exact date when events happened, any conduct which is no longer yielding effects, the removal of those effects or an appropriate guarantee of such a removal.

2.   EDPS actions may consist, in particular of written requests to provide information, interviews with relevant persons, on the spot inspections or forensic examination of the relevant devices.

3.   The EDPS shall disclose the content of a complaint and the identity of the complainant only to the extent necessary for the proper conduct of the inquiry. During and after the inquiry, no documents related to the complaint, including the final decision, shall be disclosed by the EDPS to third parties, unless the persons concerned consent to such disclosure or if the EDPS is under a legal obligation to do so.

4.   Information about the complaint shall be published by the EDPS only in a form which does not allow the complainant or other data subjects involved to be identified.

Article 34

Outcome of complaints

1.   The EDPS shall inform the complainant as soon as possible of the outcome of a complaint and the action taken.

2.   Where a complaint is found to be inadmissible or its consideration is terminated, the EDPS shall, where appropriate, advise the complainant to refer to another authority.

3.   In accordance with Article 32(2) of the Regulation, in the absence of a response by the EDPS within six months, the complaint shall be deemed to have been rejected.

Article 35

Review and judicial remedies

1.   The complainant and the institution concerned may request the EDPS in writing to review the decision on a complaint.

2.   A request for review shall be lodged within one month of the date of receipt of the decision and shall be limited to new elements or legal arguments which have not been taken into account by the EDPS.

3.   Independently of the possibility to request the EDPS to review the decision on a complaint, the decision may be challenged before the Court of Justice of the European Union in accordance with the conditions laid down in Article 263 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

SECTION 6

Inspections and visits

Article 36

Inspections

1.   The EDPS shall decide to carry out an inspection, whenever on the spot verification is considered necessary for the performance of supervisory tasks or for compliance with a legal obligation.

2.   The performance of an inspection shall be announced in writing to the institution concerned four weeks prior to the planned inspection date. The communication shall describe the purpose and scope of the inspection, establish the date of the inspection and set a deadline for the institution to request a revision of the date and to provide the EDPS with any requested information.

3.   The EDPS shall then issue a decision on an inspection, establishing the purpose, scope, date(s) and time and place(s) of the inspection and setting forth the legal basis for the inspection activities. The decision shall be accompanied by the mandates for any members of staff participating in the inspection.

4.   The members of staff performing an inspection shall collect any documentary evidence in a selective and proportionate manner. All documentary evidence shall be appropriately secured.

5.   Interviews and information obtained during an inspection and the procedure followed shall be recorded in minutes sent to the institution for comments. Should comments not be received within a set period, the minutes shall be deemed to have been approved. A list of evidence collected during the inspection shall be annexed to the minutes.

6.   The EDPS shall set forth in an inspection report the findings made during an inspection. The report shall include any actions to be undertaken by the institution inspected and shall be subject to follow-up by the EDPS.

Article 37

Visits

1.   Visits shall be carried out by the EDPS with the purpose of engaging commitment from senior management of an institution to fostering compliance with the Regulation.

2.   The launch of a visit shall in principle be based on a lack of commitment to comply with the Regulation, a lack of communication or to raise awareness.

3.   Where appropriate, a visit shall be concluded with an agreement on a schedule (‘roadmap’) committing the management of the institution to respect specific obligations under the Regulation within a set deadline. The agreed schedule shall be subject to follow-up by the EDPS.

SECTION 7

Monitoring Technology

Article 38

Technology and research

1.   In accordance with Article 46(e) of the Regulation, the EDPS shall monitor the development of information and communication technologies. In carrying out that task, the EDPS shall aim at identifying emerging trends with a potential impact on data protection, establishing contacts with stakeholders, raising awareness of possible data protection aspects and providing advice on how to include data protection concerns in relevant projects, promoting the principles of privacy by design and privacy by default, and where necessary adapting supervision methodologies to technological evolution.

2.   The EDPS shall contribute to the Union’s Framework Programmes, by participating in advisory committees in research, assisting the Commission in the evaluation process of proposals or any other means, where appropriate.

3.   The EDPS may decide to contribute to individual EU funded research, technological development and demonstration activities by adopting an opinion on the activity, upon request or on own initiative.

SECTION 8

Court proceedings

Article 39

Actions against institutions

In accordance with Article 47(1)(h) of the Regulation, the EDPS may refer a matter to the Court of Justice of the European Union, under the conditions provided for in the Treaty. The EDPS shall make use of that power, where necessary, in case of non-compliance by an institution with the Regulation, and in case of failure to effectively respond to subsequent enforcement action taken by the EDPS under Article 47 of the Regulation.

Article 40

Actions against EDPS decisions

In accordance with Article 32(3) of the Regulation, actions against decisions of the EDPS shall be brought before the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Article 41

Interventions

1.   In accordance with Article 47(1)(i) of the Regulation, the EDPS may intervene in actions brought before the Court of Justice of the European Union.

2.   The EDPS shall apply for leave to intervene in proceedings if the case is of general data protection importance or if the EDPS has been directly involved in the facts of the case in the performance of supervisory tasks.

3.   Other elements which may influence the decision to request leave to intervene are whether the data protection issue constitutes a substantial part of the case and whether an intervention by the EDPS is likely to add value to the proceedings.

4.   Unless there are strong reasons not to intervene, the EDPS shall apply for leave to intervene if formally invited to do so by the Court.

CHAPTER VI

DATA PROTECTION OFFICERS

Article 42

Cooperation with Data Protection Officers

1.   The EDPS shall cooperate with Data Protection Officers, both on a bilateral basis and by participating in the meetings organised by the network of Data Protection Officers.

2.   The EDPS shall provide support and guidance to Data Protection Officers, where necessary for the performance of their duties.

Article 43

Register of appointed Data Protection Officers

In accordance with Article 24(5) of the Regulation, the EDPS shall keep a register of the appointments of Data Protection Officers notified to the EDPS. The register shall include, in particular, information on the duration of the mandate of each Data Protection Officer.

CHAPTER VII

COOPERATION WITH DATA PROTECTION AUTHORITIES

Article 44

Cooperation with Data Protection Authorities

1.   In accordance with Article 46(f)(i) of the Regulation, the EDPS shall cooperate with national data protection authorities and other supervisory bodies to the extent necessary for the performance of their respective duties.

2.   Cooperation shall include:

(a)

the exchange of all relevant information, such as information relating to best practices, as well as requests to the relevant authority to exercise its powers and responses to a request by such authority;

(b)

developing and maintaining contacts with relevant members and staff of the authorities;

(c)

cooperation with Joint Supervisory Authorities and Bodies set up under Union law, including where relevant participation in the meetings of such authorities and bodies, with the aim of ensuring a consistent practice.

Article 45

Article 29 Working Party

1.   In accordance with Article 46(g) of the Regulation, the EDPS shall participate in the activities of the Working Party set up by Article 29 of Directive 95/46/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 October 1995 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data. (4)

2.   The EDPS shall contribute actively to the discussions and drafting of documents published by the Working Party which aim at providing a common interpretation of data protection legislation and giving expert advice to the European Commission. In such cases, the EDPS shall put forward the Union perspective, where appropriate.

3.   The EDPS shall participate on a regular basis in the plenary and subgroup meetings of the Working Party.

4.   The EDPS shall promote regular discussions, if possible at least once a year, with the Chairman of the Working Party on their respective priorities, with a view to good cooperation in practice.

Article 46

Coordinated supervision of large scale IT systems

1.   The EDPS shall take part with national supervisory authorities in the coordinated supervision of large scale IT systems, as provided under Union law.

2.   The EDPS shall organise coordination meetings and provide the secretariat of the coordination groups.

3.   The EDPS shall cooperate with individual national supervisory authorities to the extent necessary and according to their priorities, with a view to ensuring coordinated supervision of the national and central parts of large scale IT systems.

Article 47

International cooperation

1.   The EDPS shall take part in the annual Spring Conference of European Data Protection Commissioners, the annual International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners, and the International Working Group on Data Protection and Telecommunications.

2.   The EDPS shall participate in relevant international privacy enforcement networks.

3.   The EDPS shall organise regular workshops with representatives of international organisations with a view to sharing best practices and developing a data protection culture in those organisations.

4.   The EDPS shall promote cooperation and dialogue at international level with other stakeholders from third countries.

CHAPTER VIII

ADMINISTRATION

Article 48

Security

1.   In accordance with Article 45 of the Regulation, the Supervisor and members of staff shall, both during and after their term of office, be subject to a duty of professional secrecy with regard to any confidential information which has come to their knowledge in the course of the performance of their official duties.

2.   The EDPS shall appoint one or more staff members with specific responsibility for security issues, concerning the various fields of activities. They shall be responsible in particular for staff related security issues, physical security and IT security. When they consider it necessary to avoid security risks for the EDPS, the staff members so appointed shall report directly to the Director.

Article 49

IT Steering Committee

A Steering Committee on Information Technologies shall be established to advise the Management Board on the implications of information technology for the security and internal development of the EDPS.

Article 50

Quality management

The EDPS shall put in place appropriate mechanisms to ensure adequate quality management, such as Internal Control Standards, an annual Activity Report and risk management.

Article 51

Data Protection Officer

In accordance with Article 24 of the Regulation, the EDPS shall appoint a Data Protection Officer who shall report directly to the Director.

Article 52

Information to the public

1.   The EDPS shall raise awareness of data protection and inform individuals on the existence and content of their rights. To this end, the EDPS shall use a number of communication tools (e.g. website, newsletter, social media and awareness-raising events), liaise with interested parties (e.g. study visits to the EDPS office, replies to information requests) and participate in public events, meetings and conferences.

2.   The EDPS shall inform the media about major events related to data protection and important opinions or publications, through press releases, interviews and press conferences.

Article 53

Documentation

1.   Accurate and authentic records shall be kept of all EDPS activities ensuring a reliable and legally verifiable source of evidence of decisions and actions.

2.   Documents related to specific activities shall be grouped together in case files. Case files shall be logically accessible according to type of activity in a filing plan established by the EDPS.

3.   Different types of case files shall be preserved for a specific period according to a retention schedule established by the EDPS. After expiration of the retention period, case files shall be assessed and archived according to the archiving policy adopted by the EDPS.

Article 54

Active disclosure of documents

1.   In principle, all key policy documents, thematic guidelines, legislative opinions, formal comments, pleading notes of Court hearings and prior check opinions shall be made public on the EDPS website.

2.   Opinions following an administrative consultation shall be made public on the EDPS website if they have broader relevance, contain a new interpretation or application of the law or concern the impact of new technologies on data subjects’ rights.

Article 55

Publication in the Official Journal

The following documents shall be published in the Official Journal of the European Union:

(a)

summaries of legislative opinions as referred to in Article 28(3);

(b)

decisions and opinions of the EDPS, or summaries thereof, referred to in Article 9(7), in Article 10(2)(b), 10(4), 10(5) and 10(6), in Article 12(2), in Article 19, and in Article 37(2) of the Regulation;

(c)

other documents considered relevant by the EDPS.

Article 56

Public access to documents

The public shall have access to documents held by the EDPS in accordance with the principles laid down by Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 May 2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents. (5)

Article 57

Authentication of decisions

1.   Decisions shall be authenticated by the apposition of the Supervisor’s signature on the original language version.

2.   Such signature may be written or in electronic form.

Article 58

Languages and working languages

1.   The language of proceedings conducted by the EDPS shall be one of the languages mentioned in Article 55(1) of the Treaty on European Union. In the case of a complaint, this shall be the language in which it is written.

2.   Reports, opinions, papers and other documents, also designed for publication on the EDPS website, shall be drawn up at least in English, French and German.

Article 59

Staff

1.   The Members of staff of the EDPS shall be recruited in accordance with and subject to the Staff Regulations and the conditions of employment of other servants of the European Union.

2.   In order to increase cooperation with national authorities, in particular national data protection authorities, a programme for the secondment of staff shall be put in place at the EDPS.

3.   A traineeship program shall be put in place, to enable recent university graduates to acquire practical experience on the workings of the EDPS and of the Union in general.

4.   Interim staff and other external assistance may be hired to cover temporary needs.

Article 60

Staff Committee

1.   A Staff Committee representing the staff of the EDPS shall be consulted in good time on draft decisions relating to the implementation of the Staff Regulations of officials of the European Union and may be consulted on any other question of general interest concerning the staff. The Staff Committee shall be informed of any question related to the execution of its tasks. It shall issue its opinions within 15 days of being consulted.

2.   The Staff Committee shall contribute to the good functioning of the EDPS by making proposals on organisational matters and working conditions.

3.   The Staff Committee shall be composed of three members and three deputies, and elected for a period of two years by the General Assembly.

Article 61

Administrative cooperation with other institutions

1.   The Director, as Head of the Secretariat, shall represent the EDPS in the various interinstitutional fora, and may delegate this representation to the officials in charge of human resources, budget and administration.

2.   Given the size of the EDPS in comparison with the other institutions, and with a view to good management and budgetary economy, the EDPS shall actively pursue cooperation agreements, memoranda of understanding and service level agreements with other institutions.

CHAPTER IX

FINAL PROVISIONS

Article 62

Entry into force

These Rules of Procedure shall enter into force on the day following their signature and shall be published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

Done at Brussels, 17 December 2012.

Peter HUSTINX

European Data Protection Supervisor


(1)  OJ L 8, 12.1.2001, p. 1.

(2)  OJ L 183, 12.7.2002, p. 1.

(3)  OJ C 27, 7.2.2007, p. 21

(4)  OJ L 281, 23.11.1995, p. 31.

(5)  OJ L 145, 31.5.2001, p. 43.


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