How to ensure accountability in personal data management?

Personal data have become a main commodity in the new economy, as well as a resource for public administration, government, and social control. Whether for commercial, non-commercial or security reasons, personal data is transferred from company to company, organisation to organisation, within the EU territories, and with third-party States. Yet how should this data be treated, in order to ensure respect trust, confidentiality, dignity and other of fundamental rights?

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), in cooperation with the European University Institute (EUI), will organise the third Data Protection Workshop on International Organisations on 27 and 28 May 2010 at the European University Institute of Florence. This workshop, bringing together various international organisations as well as professors in a separate academic session, aims to tackle some pervasive issues concerning privacy and data protection.

Topics covered during the conference include data processing in commercial operations, methods of monitoring compliance and third-country transfers of data. Furthermore, data protection as a fundamental right shall be discussed, along with the use of personal data in counter-terrorism, and the difficulties in balancing the data protection with freedom of expression.

For further information, please contact Ms Siobhan Gallagher (