European Data Protection Supervisor
The Regulation on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by EU institutions sets up a European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS). This is an independent EU body responsible for monitoring the application of data protection rules by EU institutions.
The EDPS works at the European level, and is similar to national data protection authorities across the EU. Individuals can lodge complaints directly with the EDPS, if they consider that their data protection rights have been ignored.
The EDPS can hear and investigate complaints, monitor and ensure that the Regulation is applied and advise EU institutions and bodies on everything about processing personal data.
The European Commission must consult the EDPS when adopting legislative proposals relating to the processing of personal data in any sector.