11th Annual European Data Protection and Privacy Conference 2021

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The 11th edition of the European Data Protection & Privacy Conference took place fully virtually, and debated and discussed the most pertinent and timely data privacy issues through interactive panel discussions, speeches and interviews. It attracted more than 450 cross-sector delegates. This edition focussed on how Europe can re-ignite trust in digital technologies as we live in a society that is increasingly data-driven. 

  • Re-igniting trust in digital technologies in a data driven society
  • 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.

Speakers of the 2021 edition included:

Vera Jourova

Vĕra Jourová

Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, European Commission

Marjan Dikaučič

Marjan Dikaučič

Minister of Justice, Slovenia

Éric Dupond-Moretti

Éric Dupond-Moretti

Minister of Justice, France

Kent Walker

Kent Walker

President, Global Affairs & Chief Legal Office, Google

Andrea Jelinek

Andrea Jelinek

Chair, European Data Protection Board

Juan Fernando

Juan Fernando López Aguilar

Chair of the LIBE Committee, European Parliament

*Positions & organisations at time of conference

10th Annual European Data Protection and Privacy Conference 2020

After a difficult start to 2020 and an initial postponement, the European Data Protection & Privacy Conference returned to celebrate its 10th year on 8 December 2020. Debating and discussing the most pertinent and timely data privacy issues through interactive panel discussions, speeches and interviews, this event was, as always, a staple in the European privacy community’s calendar.

Key themes discussed:

  • GDPR and the future shape of the European Digital landscape
  • Data Privacy in the Global Context
  • Debating Schrems II and the future of the transatlantic relationship
  • Privacy, Trust and AI
  • Implications of the E-evidence directive for privacy rights
  • The ePrivacy file: what’s next?

Speakers of the 2020 edition included:

Vera Jourova

Vĕra Jourová

Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, European Commission

Wiewiorowksi

Wojciech Wiewiórowski

European Data Protection Supervisor, EDPS

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Didier Reynders

Commissioner for Justice, European Commission

John Whittingdale

John Whittingdale

Minister of State for Media and Data, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, UK Government

Timo Hakkara

Timo Harakka

Minister of Transport and Communications, Republic of Finland

*Positions & organisations at time of conference

9th Annual European Data Protection and Privacy Conference 2019

After a pivotal year for data protection and privacy in both the EU and globally in 2018, The 9th European Data Protection and Privacy Conference returned to Brussels in March 2019 and explored the extent to which the power of data could truly be harnessed through trust and responsible use in order to deliver economic growth and societal benefits. It also debated how an international system based on shared principles and ethics might be developed – all in the context of increasing technological innovation, on-going regulatory discussions in the EU around digital evidence and ePrivacy, and other global political developments.

Speakers of the 2019 edition included:

Vĕra Jourová

Vĕra Jourová

Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, European Commission

Mariya Gabriel

Mariya Gabriel

Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society, European Commission

Yeong Zee Kin

Yeong Zee Kin

Deputy Commissioner, Personal Data Protection Commission, Singapore

Andrea Jelinek

Andrea Jelinek

Chair, European Data Protection Board

Peter Davidson

Peter Davidson

General Counsel, US Department of Commerce

*Positions & organisations at time of conference

8th Annual European Data Protection & Privacy Conference 2017

Timed with six months left before the GDPR entered into force in May 2018, Brussels’ premier annual data privacy gathering discussed the challenges and opportunities that had arisen during the implementation period of the regulation, as well as explored more broadly the future of data protection and privacy in Europe post 2018, in the context of technological innovation and global political developments.

Key Topics discussed:

  • Data Protection and Privacy: What’s next?
  • Protecting Privacy: Facilitating international trade
  • Protecting Privacy: Facilitating law enforcement cooperation
  • Implementation and compliance with the GDPR in a digitally transformed society – Beyond 2018
  • Data-Protection in the Smart City ecosystem
  • The ePrivacy Regulation: An appropriate regulation for an innovative digital ecosystem?
  • Data Protection and Privacy: A fundamental right for users, a myriad of opportunities for developers

Speakers of the 2017 edition included:

Vĕra Jourová

Vĕra Jourová

Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, European Commission

Speaker 2017

Giovanni Buttarelli

European Data Protection Supervisor, EDPS

Speaker 2017

Urmas Reinsalu

Minister of Justice, Republic of Estonia

Speaker 2017

Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin

Chairwoman, CNIL and Article 29 Working Party

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Birgit Sippel

MEP & Coordinator of the S&D Group in the LIBE-Committee, European Parliament

*Positions & organisations at time of conference

7th Annual European Data Protection & Privacy Conference 2016

The adoption of the GDPR which came into effect in all EU Member States from May 2018, along with the agreement reached on the EU-US Privacy Shield and the review process of the e-privacy directive, were regarded as crucial steps towards a thriving digital economy and a successful European Digital Single Market. This year’s conference discussed the implementation of these rules and asked how organisations need to rethink their privacy and data protection policies. It also explored how data-driven innovation can be supported while preserving consumers’ and citizens’ privacy, as well as discussing the extent to which achieving a level-playing field for all market players is possible. Finally, it examined the new EU Data Protection rules within a global context.

Speakers of the 2016 edition included:

Vĕra Jourová

Vĕra Jourová

Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, European Commission

Speaker 2017

Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin

Chairwoman, CNIL and Article 29 Working Party

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Adina Valean

Vice-President, European Parliament

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Shannon Coe

Head of international data transfers sector, Office of Digital Services, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce

Steve Wood

Steve Wood

Deputy UK Information Commissioner, UK Information Commissioner Office

*Positions & organisations at time of conference