The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) comments the new EU Anti-Human Trafficking strategy
The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) comments on the Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions - "The EU Strategy towards the Eradication of Trafficking in Human Beings 2012-2016”.
The EDPS strongly welcomes the Strategy and its focus on the protection of fundamental rights, in particular in its implementation phase including a data protection perspective and a further clarification on how data protection can help this area. The EDPS draws attention to the fact that addressing THB is an area that requires significant processing of data, in many cases involving personal data, and consequently also creates risks of intrusions into privacy. Therefore, an effective action to address Trafficking in Human Beings cannot be put in place without the support of a solid data protection scheme complementing it.
This is why the EDPS is convinced that the Strategy in its implementation phase would strongly benefit from the inclusion of a data protection. The EDPS believes that data protection should be seen as an incentive to a better implementation of the Strategy and a prerequisite to a more effective exchange of information and cooperation in this field.