About EFDPO

Working together is success

The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) marks a milestone in data protection and is used as a blueprint for similar pieces of legislation across the globe. In view of the GDPR’s impact, the representation of our interests as national associations of data protection officers (DPOs) at the European level is becoming increasingly important. This applies particularly in the context of the GDPR review process, starting in 2020. Thus, we need to ensure that our concerns are heard and considered by European regulators. We are convinced that the intensification of our cooperation and the creation of a strong network between European DPO organizations will lead to success and strengthen data protection as a competitive and locational advantage for Europe.

The EFDPO was founded in Berlin on 7 June 2019. Founding members are national associations for data protection officers from Austria, France, Germany, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Greece and Liechtenstein. The main objectives are to represent the interests of data protection officers in Brussels.

Among other things, the EU federation wants to support the establishment of an EU certification standard for data protection officers.

We see data protection officers as key experts in companies and institutions, they ensure the entrepreneurial capacity to act under the GDPR and, at the same time, ensure that consumer and civil rights are observed with regard to data protection. This also relieves the burden on national data protection supervisory authorities.

The scope of the EFDPO is not limited to data protection officers, but also takes into account the interests of other emerging professions in data protection, such as the data protection auditor or the data protection coordinator.

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News from EFDPO

Free Webinar: HL7 FHIR for Data Protection Officers

Free Webinar: HL7 FHIR for Data Protection Officers

We will dive into the relation between FHIR adoption and the application of data access & protection policies, listen from key speakers from HL7 Europe and EFDPO and hear from enlightening testimonials from hospital DPOs and IT specialists who made it work.

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Data Protection Day 2023: Free Media Kit

Data Protection Day 2023: Free Media Kit

Data Protection Day is a day of action launched by Council of Europe that has been celebrated annually since 2007 around January 28 - the date on which the European Convention on Data Protection was signed in 1981. In the meantime, Data Protection Day is celebrated...

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EFDPO as guest at conference in Prague

EFDPO as guest at conference in Prague

On 6 October 2022, the traditional autumn conference of the Association for Personal Data Protection dedicated to the issue of personal data processing “GDPR 2022” was held in Prague for the sixth time.

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Pierre-Yves Lastic appointed Secretary General of EFDPO

Pierre-Yves Lastic appointed Secretary General of EFDPO

On July 8, 2022, the Board of Directors of the European Federation of Data Protection Officers (EFDPO) appointed Dr. Pierre-Yves Lastic, Vice-President of the French Union of Data Protection Officers (UDPO), as Secretary General of EFDPO. As Secretary General Dr....

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FAQ: Data Protection Officers

FAQ: Data Protection Officers

Data Protection Officers Do you process large amounts of personal data? Are you scared of terms like GDPR, ePrivacy, cookies, data breach, but you work with the data of a large number of people? Consider engaging a data protection officer (DPO). The responsible...

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EFDPO held General Assembly in Berlin

EFDPO held General Assembly in Berlin

First General Assembly of the EFDPO On May 12th the General Assembly of the EFDPO brought together representatives from the member associations in Berlin and online. The discussion made visible the recent successful collaboration in the interest of the DPOs in Europe....

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