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Hustinx Departs, Successor Remains Unknown

PRIVACY—EU

January 9, 2014

The European Data Protection Supervisor’s (EDPS) five-year term ends January 16, and it seems the post could remain vacant for the foreseeable future after current EDPS Peter Hustinx departs, PCWorld reports. The EDPS is appointed by the European Parliament and Council, but the list of candidates created by the European Commission after a public call for candidates was deemed insufficient. Commission Spokesman Antony Gravili said the “selection panel concluded that none of the candidates had the qualities that are needed for the job.” The commission is seeking candidates with experience in data protection in a large or public organization as well as with experience implementing data protection rules, the report states. Hustinx expressed alarm in a letter to the Commission that this successor has yet to be determined. Editor’s Note: For more on outgoing EDPS Peter Hustinx and the search for his replacement, see The Privacy Advisor exclusive, “Ten Years and Two Terms Later, A Look at Peter Hustinx’s Legacy.”
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