1. Article 29 Data Protection Working Party
The "Working Party on the Protection of Individuals with regard to the processing of Personal Data", known as Article 29 Data Protection Working Party, was formed according to Article 29 of Directive 95/46 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data. The Working Party has a consultative role for the Commission but it is independent. It is composed of a representative of the supervisory authority or authorities designated by each Member State and examines important issues or issues that fall under the first pillar of the EU. The issues are examined upon demand of the Commission or upon proposal of the members of the Working Party. The Working Party issues Opinions and working documents.
2. Spring Conference of Data Protection Commissioners
Each April takes place the Spring Conference of the Data Protection Commissioners, in which participate the Authorities of the European Union and the other states of Europe. The Spring Conference are closed conferences having theme sessions dedicated to important issues, where are presented the main presentations and then the delegations present the developments in their country or go into more specialized issues.
3. International Conference on Privacy and Personal Data Protection
Each autumn takes place the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners. In the Conference may participate the Authorities, the Commissioners and the other competent services responsible for the data protection from all over the world. The organization of each conference is assumed by the Authorities of the country chosen between the candidate countries, during the works of the Conference of the previous year. The International Conference including two parts: (a) an open Conference, that takes the form of international conference in which participate the official national bodies and in which participate apart from the national data protection authorities other interested parties of the public and private sector and the scientific community and (b) the closed conference in which participate only the Commissioners or the Data Protection Authorities during which participate the Commissioners or the Data Protection Authorities and during which are discussed current data protection issues and are adopted declarations on these matters. The International Conference of the year 2007 was carried out in Montreal Canada in the 25-28.9.2007. For further information: http:/www.privacyconference2007.gc.ca
4. Schengen Supervision Coordination Group
Schengen Supervision Coordination Group (SIS II SCG)
The Hellenic Data Protection Authority participates with a member in the Schengen Supervision Coordination Group (SIS II SCG) that meets in the seat of the European Data Protection Supervisor in Brussels. The SIS II SCG was formed on the basis of the Article 46 of Regulation (EC) 1987/2006 on the establishment, operation and use of the second-generation Schengen Information System with respect to alert procedures falling under Title IV of the Treaty establishing the European Community (former first pillar) and art.62 of Council Decision 2007/533/JHA of 12 June 2007 on the establishment, operation and use of the second generation Schengen Information System in what concerns procedures falling under Title VI of the Treaty on European Union (former third pillar).
This group - consisting of the national DPAs and the EDPS - works together in supervision coordination of the SIS II. It meets regularly - at least twice a year - to discuss common issues regarding supervision and promote a high level of data protection. On 11 June 2013, the first official meeting of the SIS II Supervision Coordination Group was held. This group replaced the Schengen Joint Supervisory Authority (JSA) after SIS II's entry into force on 9 April 2013.
5. Customs Joint Supervisory Authority
The Customs Joint Supervisory Authority, according to the provisions of the Convention on the Use of Information Technology for Customs Purposes and the Strasbourg Convention of 1981, taking into consideration the Recommendation R(87)15 of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, on 17 September 1987, controls whether the personal rights are violated during the storage, processing and use of data entered in the Customs Information System. The Hellenic Data Protection Authority participates with two full and two alternate members.
6. Europol Joint Supervisory Body
Europol is an organisation set up in order to assist the EU member states in their efforts to prevent and combat serious forms of international crime in cases where the specific criminal act is linked to the structure of the organised crime and affects at least two member states. In practice, the main Europol task is to facilitate the exchange of information between the member states and to provide expertise services. Given that Europol handles a large amount of sensitive personal data, the Europol Convention includes provisions that demand to take into consideration the personal rights when using such information. The Convention also provides for the establishment of the Joint Supervisory Body - an independent authority charged with guaranteeing that Europol complies with the basic principles of data protection. The Hellenic Data Protection Authority is represented in the Joint Supervisory Authority for Europol, and in the Customs Joint Supervisory Authority that meet in the Seat of the European Council in Brussels, with two full and two alternate members. It is also represented in the Appeals Committee of the Joint Supervisory Body of Europol with a full and an alternate member.
7. Contact network of spam enforcement authorities (CNSA)
The CNSA group of the European Commission was formed as a contact network of the competent European Authorities for spam mail. The Hellenic Data Protection Authority participates in the Group as the body responsible for spam issues in Greece, according to L. 3471/2006. The CNSA meets regularly, exchanges best practises and cooperates at cross-border level for legislation implementation issues. CNSA has established a cooperation procedure for cross-border complaint handling concerning spam. CNSA supports and participates as an observer in the London Action Plan (LAP). LAP consists of law enforcement authorities which concern spam coming from 20 countries and has also established a cross-border cooperation procedure.
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8. The International Berlin Cooperation Work Group for Data Protection in the Telecommunications
The work group was established in 1983 in the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners, as an initiative of the Berlin Data Protection Commissioner, who is since then the head of the network. The network has adopted an important number of common positions-working papers aiming at the protection of the privacy in telecommunications. The members of the Group are representatives of all the Data Protection Authorities, as well as other national and international organisations and scientists all over the world. Some of the current issues are search engines (e.g. Google), the storage of data in the Whois base, RFID, electronic tickets in the public transport, digital television, etc.
9. Case Handling Workshop.
This group constitutes an internal forum of cooperation between all the EU Data Protection Authorities, aiming at the exchange of experiences concerning the complaint and question handling in the data protection as well as the communication of data protection issues. The meetings take place twice a year and are organised by the member states. The Hellenic Data Protection Authority hosted the Case Handling Workshop in November 2006.