On November 26, 2019, the European Data Protection Supervisor’s office (“EDPS”) and the European Parliament announced that Wojciech Wiewiórowski, currently Assistant Supervisor and acting replacement for the European Data Protection Supervisor Giovanni Buttarelli, will officially be the new European Data Protection Supervisor for the new term of office. The Committee of the Permanent Representatives of the Governments of Member States to the European Union (“COREPER”) and the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs of the European Parliament (“LIBE”) confirmed Wojciech Wiewiórowski for a 5-year mandate as European Data Protection Supervisor. In the following days, the European Parliament and Council of the European Union will proceed to formally appoint Wojciech Wiewiórowski as the new European Data Protection Supervisor. Wojciech Wiewiórowski has served as Assistant Supervisor since December 2014. Earlier in his career, Wojciech Wiewiórowski was the Inspector General for the Protection of Personal Data at the Polish Data Protection Authority.
The office of the EDPS is the EU’s independent data protection authority. Its mission is to supervise how EU institutions and bodies process the personal data of individuals, advise EU institutions and bodies on matters relating to the processing of personal data, monitor technology that may affect the protection of personal data, intervene before the Court of Justice of the EU to provide expert advice on interpreting EU data protection law and cooperate with national data protection authorities to improve consistency in protecting personal information. In addition, the office of the EDPS serves as the Secretariat of the European Data Protection Board, the body of EU data protection authorities.