Friday 6 March 2015

Peter Hustinx lives on as EDPS – official

Peter Hustinx lives on as European Data Protection Supervisor.

And you thought he had been replaced?

Think again.

If any website ought to be capable of clearing this confusion up, it ought to be the European Commission’s website.

So, do what I did today.

Surf over to the Commission’s website, click on the link to the Article 29 Working Party, and then to the list of members of the Working Party. Surely it’s an official record. After all, the page was last updated on 24 February 2015.

Billy Hawkes also evidently remains as the Irish Data Protection Commissioner - which ought to come as a surprise to his successor, Helen Dixon. 

Poland continues to be represented by Wojciech Wiewiorowski while, at the bottom of the list, Peter Hustinx is listed as the EDPS. 

And for Giovanni Buttarelli? Who? There’s no mention of him at all on this part of the Commission’s website.

So much for the principle that personal information must be accurate and up to date.

As the Article 29 Working Party can't manage to maintain an up-to-date list of their own members, I suppose they don't feel it's always necessary to lead by example.