Peter Hustinx and Giovanni Buttarelli are members of the institution. They took office on 17 January 2009. As members, elected by the European Parliament and the Council, they have a different status to that of the staff of their secretariat.
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The EDPS' general objective is to ensure that the European institutions and bodies respect the right to privacy when they process personal data and develop new policies. A number of specific duties of the EDPS are laid down in Regulation (EC) No 45/2001. The three main fields of work are: