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Data Protection

Data Protection

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OLAF’s daily work involves the processing of large amounts of sensitive personal data. As a service of the European Commission, OLAF is subject to Regulation (EU) 2018/1725 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2018 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data by the Union institutions, bodies, offices and agencies and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 and Decision No 1247/2002/EC - Text with EEA relevance and is thus under the supervisory powers of the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS).

OLAF conducts administrative investigations in full independence, both internally – concerning the EU institutions and bodies – and externally – concerning economic operators located in the Member States and third countries. In order to help protect its independence when conducting investigations, OLAF is the only service of the European Commission that has appointed its own Data Protection Officer (DPO); the Commission has appointed one DPO for all of the other services combined.

OLAF operates in a highly complex environment in which the demands of the data protection regulation touch the work of its investigators on a daily basis. Under Regulation 45/2001 OLAF established high standards of protection of the data subjects rights and it is  fully committed to respect the requirements of the new Data Protection regulation entering into force on 11 December 2018.