This conference will be held under a Hybrid Format. To ensure the health and safety of our speakers, attendees, sponsors and staff while maximising interaction amongst participants, in-person attendance at this event will be limited to 100 attendees.

There will be a significant in-person component to this event with demand likely to be high. If you are interested in participating in the conference in person we recommend that you apply for your spot as soon as possible. For those not attending on site, sessions will be live streamed to our events platform.

We will continue to monitor developments around the COVID-19 pandemic, follow recommendations regarding masks, social distancing, and sanitation set out by the venue and local authorities and may revise the capacity limit based on the advice received.

Event Overview

The European Data Protection & Privacy Conference returns this year for its 11th edition in  a hybrid format, taking place in Brussels & online! Debating and discussing the most pertinent and timely data privacy issues through interactive panel discussions, speeches and interviews, this event is a staple in the European privacy community’s calendar, attracting more than 250 cross-sector delegates.

This year’s edition will focus on how Europe can re-ignite trust in digital technologies as we live in a society that is increasingly data-driven. Topics of discussions will revolve around reflections on what is needed to improve and bolster the GDPR; the intersection of data privacy and competition in the platform economy; Artificial intelligence and the creation of data spaces for the public good; What the future holds for international data transfers; Striking the balance between the right to privacy and the protection of children online with the e-Privacy derogation.

Key Themes

Data and competition regulation

The intersection of the data privacy and competition regulatory spheres

GDPR

Bolstering the GDPR

AI

Artificial intelligence and the creation of data spaces for the public good

data transfers

The future outlook for international data transfers

child safety

The e-Privacy derogation: privacy and the protection of children online

11th Annual European Data Protection & Privacy Conference

Speakers

Vera Jourova

Vera Jourova

Vice President for Values and Transparency
European Commission

Marjan Dikaučič

Marjan Dikaučič

Minister of Justice
Slovenia

Éric Dupond-Moretti

Éric Dupond-Moretti

Minister of Justice
France

Andrea Jelinek

Andrea Jelinek

Chair
EDPB

Pascale Déchamps

Pascale Déchamps

Deputy General Rapporteur
Autorité de la concurrence, France

Prof. Ulrich Kelber 240

Prof. Ulrich Kelber

Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information
Germany

bruno gencarelli

Bruno Gencarelli

Head of Unit, International data flows and protection, DG JUSTICE
European Commission

Birgit Sippel

Birgit Sippel

Member
European Parliament

Christian Dcunha

Christian Dcunha

Policy Officer, Cyber Security and Digital Privacy Policy, DG CONNECT
European Commission

Mathias Cellarius

Mathias Cellarius

Global Data Protection Officer & Head of Data Protection and Privacy
SAP

Cornellia Kutterer 240

Cornelia Kutterer

Senior Director, Rule of Law & Responsible Tech, European Government Affairs
Microsoft Europe

Paul Adamson

Paul Adamson

Chairman
Forum Europe

Stephanie Bodoni

Stephanie Bodoni

EU Legal News Correspondent
Bloomberg News

Lara Natale

Lara Natale

Director, Tech, Media
Telecom & Mobility

Agenda

*** TIMES ARE IN CET ***

Event Day
2021-12-02
08:30 - 09:00
Conference Opening and Networking
09:00 - 09:05
Welcome and Introduction by Forum Europe
09:05 - 09:40
Keynote Session
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Vera Jourova
Vice-President for Values and Transparency, European Commission
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Éric Dupond-Moretti
Minister for Justice, France
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Marjan Dikaučič
Minister of Justice, Slovenia
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Paul Adamson
Chairman, Forum Europe
09:45 - 10:15
Fireside Chat: What is needed to improve and bolster the GDPR?

Speakers in this session will share their views on how the remaining challenges around the enforcement of the GDPR can be best addressed, including issues around funding, training gaps, and the slow pace of case processing. They will discuss the capacity and resilience of the GDPR in facing continuous development of new data-driven innovations and debate whether some areas of the regulation may already need rethinking. Focus will be given to the One-Stop-Shop system, the related recent CJEU ruling on cross-border cases, and the significant impact this ruling is expected to have on individuals, businesses, and DPAs.

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Andrea Jelinek
Chair, EDPB
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Mathias Cellarius
Global Data Protection Officer & Head of Data Protection and Privacy, SAP
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Lara Natale
Director, Tech, Media, Telecom & Mobility
10:15 - 10:30
Morning Coffee Break and Networking
10:30 - 11:50
Session 1: Exploring the intersection of data privacy and competition in the platform economy

Personal data is at the core of the platform economy, underpinned by the AdTech business model. Many of the free digital services available to consumers rely on advertising revenues to exist and function. Despite rules establishing data protection obligations, such as the purpose limitation principle and transparency requirements within the GDPR, some digital advertising practices have become increasingly invasive and opaque as the enforcement of these rules across the continent remains slow. With some of the provisions included in the DSA and DMA packages, the European Commission is looking to introduce measures to increase transparency obligations for platforms in the field of targeted advertising. Some major tech companies have also taken separate steps to address the privacy challenges around data collection for targeted ad purposes by introducing new privacy mechanisms. Meanwhile, antitrust agencies are increasingly focusing on how dominant tech companies may leverage their market power over personal data in an anti-competitive manner. This session will discuss the significant consequences that all these actions are likely to have on the future of online business models and what is required to create a framework mitigating privacy risks while encouraging innovation and fair competition.

It will explore:

  • The inextricable link between the data privacy and competition regulatory spheres, their overlapping objectives and where these policy areas complement each other, what frictions may exist in terms of enforcement, and whether there is the capacity for cross-regulatory collaboration
  • The need for vigorous enforcement of the GDPR’s purpose limitation principle
  • The extent to which well-enforced data protection rules can create a level playing field with regards to data access
  • The calls for a ban on targeted advertising by several different stakeholders, the impact this could have on user experiences and organisations, including SMEs and media companies, and whether privacy-friendly advertising is possible 
  • How stakeholders can work together to bolster privacy-friendly and sustainable digital business models based on transparency, accountability, fairness, and real value exchange.
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Prof. Ulrich Kelber
Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information, Germany
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Pascale Déchamps
Deputy General Rapporteur, Autorité de la concurrence, France
11:55 - 13:10
Session 2: Artificial intelligence and the creation of data spaces for the public good: the privacy implications of a data-sharing world

With data often described as the lifeblood of AI, the privacy challenges regarding personal data must be appropriately addressed in order to fully maximize the socio-economic benefits that AI can deliver. This session will focus on the power of personal data in the delivery of data-enabled technologies and innovation for the interest of society as a whole and the challenges involved. As the development of algorithms rely on the availability and access to large amounts of data – and sometimes personal sensitive data, such as in the health sector – it is paramount that data sharing is enabled in a way that protects an individual’s personal information. This session will explore the best way to achieve this as Europe looks to set the standards in AI to safeguard fundamental rights on the global stage. Discussing the latest and imminent files to be released by the European Commission, including the Artificial Intelligence Act, the Data Governance Act, and the Data Act, as well as the upcoming plans to establish a European Health Data Space, speakers will explore how the balance between the privacy of the data subject and the shared interest of society can be found.

The session will also ask:

  • How does the existing data protection framework in Europe align with the block’s ambitions to become a world leader in AI and to create a solid framework for facilitating data-sharing?
  • Does the GDPR need to be re-designed to foster data-sharing?
  • Does the Artificial Intelligence Act go far enough to address risks such as discriminations or mass surveillance and create a true AI ecosystem of trust?
  • What data protection issues are emerging from the creation of data spaces that are reliant on personal and highly sensitive data, such as the upcoming EHDS, and what can be done to remove these barriers?
  • What needs to be done to boost the use and development of AI-driven anonymisation tools, such as NLP, to preserve and protect data models?
  • What can be done to build confidence and empower citizens to access, manage and share their personal data with private and public organisations to bring unprecedented benefits to the public sector and broader society?
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Christian Dcunha
Policy Officer, Cyber Security and Digital Privacy Policy, DG CONNECT, European Commission
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Cornelia Kutterer
Senior Director, Rule of Law & Responsible Tech, European Government Affairs Microsoft Europe
13:10 - 14:15
Lunch Break and Networking
14:15 - 15:45
Session 3: What does the future hold for international data transfers?

It is widely recognised that the free flow of data between countries and markets plays a key role in socio-economic growth and for innovation to flourish worldwide. As more and more countries around the world are adopting new or updated data protection laws, these rules must remain compatible. While continued calls for a global agreement on data governance persist, national and regional data sovereignty ambitions are (re)emerging across the globe, leading to an increasing international fragmentation of data protection regimes, resulting in growing levels of legal uncertainties and associated costs for organisations operating cross-borders.

In this context, this session will discuss the latest developments around data protection globally and the implications that these may have on Europe’s position as the international leader in this area. Significant focus will be given to the progress made on the transatlantic front to establish a new EU-US agreement following the Schrems II decision in 2020, to the future of the UK’s adequacy decision after the UK government declared that it is considering reforming its data protection regime, as well as to the role that China’s new privacy law (PIPL) and its vision for data governance may have on international data flows.

It will also explore:

  • The extent to which the creation of the new EU-U.S. Trade and Technology Council can concretely support the development of interoperable digital regulations which could shape the future of data flows
  • Whether China’s PIPL could become the new international standard by default with stricter standards and penalties than the GDPR
  • Whether the UK adequacy decision could stand a potential court challenge, especially after the UK government announced possible upcoming changes to its privacy laws, and what this means for the numerous organisations operating cross-Channel
  • Whether privacy concerns and cross-border law enforcement access to data can ever be resolved
  • The data localisations requirements that are emerging around the globe and the impact these have on research and innovation
  • The progress made regarding the adoption of new adequacy decisions with other countries, such as with South Korea.
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Bruno Gencarelli
Head of the International data flows and protection Unit, European Commission
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Stephanie Bodoni
EU Legal News Correspondent, Bloomberg News
15:45 - 16:00
Afternoon Coffee Break and Networking
16:00 - 17:15
Session 4: The ePrivacy derogation: Striking the balance between the right to privacy and the protection of children online?

This session will focus on the ePrivacy derogation – the temporary measure enabling electronic communication services companies to monitor online communications, report content messages containing CSAM and apply specific technologies to detect grooming – which came into force in August 2021 as well as the overall privacy provisions that are expected to be included in the new legislation to effectively tackle child sexual abuse online, due to be released by the European Commission in December this year.

Speakers will look into:

  • Whether the derogation is a proportionate response to the ongoing and persistent threats against children online, considering the privacy, confidentiality, and fundamental rights issues at stake
  • Whether the privacy and data protection safeguards in place are appropriate to avoid risks of abuse and mass-surveillance of populations in the future
  • What the derogation means for telecommunication services providers in practice
  • Whether a consistent approach can be ensured between the objectives of the derogation, the future new ePrivacy rules which are debated in trialogue discussions and the GDPR principles, as the temporary measures will be repealed if and when the revised ePrivacy law comes into force.
  • The extent to which these discussions will inform future debates on collaboration initiatives between the private sector and law enforcement.
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Birgit Sippel
Member, European Parliament
17:15 - 17:30
Closing Keynote Speech
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Sponsorship Opportunities

Given the ability to transition to a ‘hybrid’ format for this event, our packages have been designed to enable sponsors to take advantage of the enhanced face-to-face networking benefits that are made possible by a physical meeting environment, whilst also benefiting from the additional exposure and outreach that virtual events offer in terms of larger audience numbers.

To discuss sponsorship and visibility opportunities at the 11th Annual European Data Protection & Privacy Conference please contact Anne-Lise Simon on [email protected] / +44 (0) 2920 783 023

  • Exclusive speaking positions | Your organisation can contribute to the discussion, either in person or remotely
  • Engaging and Interactive format | Engage in a fully immersive and interactive debate with decision makers, businesses and policymakers, either onsite or online
  • European and global outreach | Convey your message to a broad and international audience
  • Networking opportunities | Socially distanced and safe networking opportunities will be available to all in person attendees throughout the day. Both in person and virtual attendees will be able to connect using our App’s virtual networking feature. Virtual private meeting rooms can also be booked
  • Visibility Opportunities | Ensure maximum visibility through branding on the event website and marketing activities
  • Exhibition and demos area | Showcase your products and solutions or share a position paper with the audience at both onsite & digital exhibition booths
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Exclusive speaking positions | Your organisation can contribute to the discussion, either in person or remotely

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Engaging and Interactive format | Engage in a fully immersive and interactive debate with decision makers, businesses and policymakers, either onsite or online

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European and global outreach | Convey your message to a broad and international audience

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Networking opportunities | Socially distanced and safe networking opportunities will be available to all in person attendees throughout the day. Both in person and virtual attendees will be able to connect using our App’s virtual networking feature. Virtual private meeting rooms can also be booked

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Visibility Opportunities | Ensure maximum visibility through branding on the event website and marketing activities

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Exhibition and demos area | Showcase your products and solutions or share a position paper with the audience at both onsite & digital exhibition booths

Sponsors & Partners

Facebook
Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. Our products empower more than 3 billion people around the world to share ideas, offer support and make a difference.
Microsoft
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.
Sponsor
As market leader in enterprise application software, SAP (NYSE: SAP) helps companies of all sizes and industries run better. From back office to boardroom, warehouse to storefront, desktop to mobile device – SAP empowers people and organizations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. SAP® applications and services enable more than 365,000 business and public sector customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably.
Media Partner
Encompass is an online magazine delivering comment, opinion and analysis on the affairs of the European Union and Europe’s place in the world. We aim to demystify the complexity of the EU and to be lively and provocative. Encompass is also a space with podcast interviews and, through Encompass Live, political and cultural events. As our name indicates we will strive to be open and accessible.

Costs

Please note that the event is FREE to attend for attendees registering to attend virtually.

For those applying to participate to the event in-person, the following fees will apply if your registration is successful:

  • Standard €180

    Corporate Organisations

  • Reduced €140

    NGO/Not for Profit, Academic/Student, National Government/Regulator, Diplomatic Mission to the EU

  • Complimentary €0

    European Commission/Parliament/Council, EU Permanent Representations, Journalist/Press

Group Discounts

Group discounts are available when registering multiple delegates on the same booking, as shown below.

Venue:

Stanhope Hotel
Rue du Commerce 9, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

Event Platform:

This event will be taking place using Forum Europe’s virtual event platform. For more details, please visit forum-europe.com

Contact:

For more information on any aspect of this event, please contact Anne-Lise Simon using any of the details below.

Anne-Lise Simon
Forum Europe

[email protected]

Tel: +44 (0) 2920 783 023

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