Peter Hustinx is the 1st and current European Data Protection Supervisor.
He was appointed by the Council of Ministers and the European Parliament in January 2004 to be the first European Data Protection Supervisor. This position is basically the same as that of the ICO within the UK, and within each member state, but the role is at a European level rather than a national level.
European Data Protection Supervisor has three main roles,:
Supervision, monitoring and ensuring compliance with data protection rules where they apply to the institutions and bodies, the Commission, agencies, the Council and Parliament, etc. This is about data
processing by the institutions and bodies.
Consultation on legislation and policies with an impact on data protection. Hustinx described this role as “whenever the Commission adopts a proposal for legislation with an impact on data protection it is under an obligation to send that proposal to me and my office for advice, which is then part of the discussion in Parliament and Council”
Co-operation, with national authorities and with the joint supervisory bodies in the police and judicial bodies.