December 17, 2012: “the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) published his Report on the Status of Data Protection Officers (DPOs) as part of his ongoing task to monitor the compliance of EU institutions and bodies with Article 24 of the European Data Protection Regulation, which obliges the appointment of DPOs…Article 24 of the Data Protection Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 provides that each EU institution/body has to appoint at least one Data Protection Officer (DPO) to ensure in an independent manner its internal application. Article 24 sets out the conditions of appointment of the DPOs, their status and the general conditions governing the performance of their duties. Personal data: any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural (living) person. Examples include names, dates of birth, photographs, e-mail addresses and telephone numbers. Other details such as health data, data used for evaluation purposes and traffic data on the use of telephone, email or internet are also considered personal data.”
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