The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) is an independent authority within the European Union, whose main responsibility is to ensure that EU institutions respect the right to privacy when they process personal data and develop new policies. Other functions of the authority include:
In carrying out its activities, the EDPS also looks into matters related to privacy and data protection in the online environment. Since its creation, the authority has, for example, issued a large number of documents (reports, policy papers, factsheets, opinions, etc.) on issues such as: intrusive surveillance technologies, big data, new digital ethics, international data transfers, data retention, use of mobile devices, cloud computing, etc.