Shaping a safer digital future

EDPS Strategy 2020-2024

The next 5 years could prove to be a global turning point for privacy and personal data protection. Most of the world will have ageneral data protection law, including the largest countries currently without one –India, Indonesia and, quite possibly, the United States. Most policy interventions addressing social, environmental and public health issues, will involve technology and data usage. Data protection will become relevant in almost every context. The Covid-19 crisis, which, initially, seemed to be a danger to such an evolution, has, instead, strengthened the call for the protection of individuals’ privacy. This is especially the case when governments take measures to defend society and the economy against such an extraordinary threat.