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:/

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 aim of the Customs Information System (CIS) is to create an alert system within the fight against fraud framework so as to enable any Member State entering data in the system to request another Member State to carry out sighting and reporting, discreet surveillance, a specific check or operational and strategic analysis.

For these purposes, the CIS stores information on commodities, means of transport, persons and companies and on goods and cash detained, seized or confiscated in order to assist in preventing, investigating and prosecuting actions which are serious contraventions of national laws (the former EU ‘third pillar’). This part is supervised by a Joint Supervisory Authority (JSA) for Customs composed of representatives of the national data protection authorities (DPAs). The JSA Customs was established by Council Decision 2009/917 JHA, which replaced the CIS Convention. The JSA Customs 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. CIS Supervision Coordination Group (CIS SCG)

The processing of information in CIS in order to assist in preventing, investigating and prosecuting actions, which are in breach of customs and agricultural legislation (the former EU ‘first pillar’), is supervised by the CIS Supervision Coordination Group (SCG). The CIS SCG is set up as a platform in which the DPAs responsible for the supervision of the CIS in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 766/2008 - i.e. the EDPS and national DPAs - cooperate in line with their responsibilities in order to ensure coordinated supervision of the CIS. Since the roles of the JSA Customs and the CIS SCG are interrelated, the two groups also coordinate common activities to ensure a consistent approach.

The CIS SCG has developed a guide for data subjects whose personal data are collected, held or otherwise processed as part of the CIS on exercising the right of access. The guide includes information on the CIS, it elaborates on the rights granted to data subjects under the legislative framework and also it provides a description of the procedure and modalities to exercise these rights in each of the countries concerned.


7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. National Commission for Human Rights

The National Commission for Human Rights has an advisory role in the protection and strengthening of the human rights. The aim of the National Commission for Human Rights is to point out to the Greek authorities the need to effectively protect the rights of the individuals residing in Greece. The Hellenic Data Protection Authority is represented by a full and an alternate member.

12. National E-business Council

The establishment of the National E-business Council is provided for by Article 8 of the Law 3377/05. According to the law, the Council has an advisory role to the Minister of Development and recommends for:

  • The drawing up of the national strategy in the e-business sector

  • The technological development of the Greek enterprises in this sector and the enhancement of the competitiveness

  • The creation of trust of the consumer during the transactions

  • The creation of a framework for e-transactions and the creation of the information society with criteria accepted by the law and the society

The framework of its areas of competence includes

  • The monitoring of the respective European legislation and the submission of the proposals

The National E-business is formed by 30 members, one of which is a representative of the Data Protection Authority. There is a two year term of office that may be renewed once or more times, for equal time.

13. The Information Society Monitoring Committee

The Special Management Service of the OP "Information Society" is one of the management services of 25 Programs (in Sectors and Regions) of the 3rd CSF (2000-2006) and it is co-financed by the European Social Fund and the European Regional Development Fund. The role of managing Authority for the Information Society is to guarantee the effectiveness and the legitimacy of the management and implementation of the respective program. The Monitoring Committee applies its decisions as they are transmitted by the Managing Committee. In the Committee participates a representative of the Hellenic Data Protection Authority.