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Follow-up of the Work Programme for better implementation of the Data Protection Directive

Action 1

Discussions with Member States and Data Protection Authorities

Action 2

Association of the candidate countries with efforts to achieve a better and more uniform implementation of the Directive

Action 3

Improving the notification of all legal acts transposing the Directive and notifications of authorisations granted under Article 26(2) of the Directive

Action 4

Enforcement

Action 5

Notification and publicising of processing operations

Action 6

More harmonised information provisions

"The Art. 29 Working Party welcomes the efforts to develop a standard for comprehensible data protection information.
Comprehensive, intelligible and easily accessible information about the data processing is an indispensable condition to guarantee the data protection rights to the persons concerned.
We encourage the institutions and companies involved to continue their tasks." (Adopted by the Art. 29 Working Party in Brussels on 22 June 2004)

In order to ensure a more consistent approach to information requirements, the Commission included "More harmonized information provisions" as a specific action item (Action 6) of the work programme for a better implementation of the Data Protection Directive and called on the Article 29 Working party to co-operate in the search for a more uniform interpretation of Article 10. In the view of establishing a common approach for a pragmatic solution which should give a practical added value for the implementation of the general principles of the Directive the Art 29 Working Party hold a first discussion on this topic during its meeting on 22 June 2004 and adopted the following conclusion:

Action 7

Simplification of the requirements for international transfers a more extensive use of findings of adequate protection in respect of third countries under Article 25(6)

Action 8

Promotion of Privacy Enhancing Technologies

Action 9

Promotion of self-regulation and European Codes of Conducts

 Action 10

Awareness raising

Results of the two Eurobarometer surveys on data protection awareness in the European Union carried out in autumn 2003

  • European Union citizens' views about privacy (Special Eurobarometer 196)
  • European Union companies' views about privacy (Flash Eurobarometer EB 147)
  • Results of the two Eurobarometer surveys on data protection awareness in the European Union carried out in 2008:
  • Data Protection in the European Union : Citizens' perceptions (Flash Eurobarometer EB 225):
  • Data Protection in the European Union : Data controllers' perceptions (Flash Eurobarometer EB 226)

Report on the First Report on the implementation of the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC

Report on the transposition of Directive 95/46/EC