European Data Protection Supervisor
Giovanni Buttarelli was appointed European Data Protection Supervisor on 4 December 2014 by a joint decision of the European Parliament and the Council for a term of five years.
Before joining the EDPS, Mr Buttarelli worked as Secretary General to the Italian Data Protection Authority, a position he occupied between 1997 and 2009. A member of the Italian judiciary with the rank of Cassation judge, he has attended to many initiatives and committees on data protection and related issues at international level.
Mr Buttarelli’s experience on data protection includes the participation in bodies at European Union level (including Art. 31 Committee of Directive n. 95/46/EC and Taiex programs), and at the Council of Europe (in particular, also as a consultant, T‐PD; CJ‐PD, DH‐S‐Ac, Venice Commission), as well as contributing to hearings, meetings and workshops held by Parliaments and to specialised book journals and papers.
Mr Buttarelli currently teaches on privacy at the Luiss University, Rome.