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

d reynders

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

Craig

Craig Federighi

Senior Vice President Software Engineering, Apple

Dale sunderland

Dale Sunderland

Deputy Commissioner, Data Protection Commission, Ireland

Birgit Sippel

Birgit Sippel

Member, European Parliament

bruno gencarelli

Bruno Gencarelli

Head of the International data flows and protection Unit, European Commission

olivier micol

Olivier Micol

Head of Unit, Data Protection, DG Justice

*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

Sippel 2017

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

Shanoon coe

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

6th Annual European Data Protection & Privacy Conference 2015

The 2015 conference focused on the implementation of the new rules that were expected to be adopted by the end of 2015. It provided an opportunity for both policymakers and stakeholders involved to engage in a debate around compliance with the new regulation and directive and what the rules will mean for cross-border data flows and international trade in the context of the ruling by the ECJ on the US-EU Safe Harbour. It also examined how restoring individual’s trust should be balanced with the legitimate use of data by public or private bodies.

Speakers of the 2015 edition included:

Vĕra Jourová

Vĕra Jourová

Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, European Commission

Felix Braz

Felix Braz

Minister of Justice, Luxembourg Government

Julie Brill

Julie Brill

Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission, US Government

Paul Nemitz

Paul Nemitz

Director, Fundamental Rights and Union Citizenship, DG Justice, European Commission

Paul Timmers

Paul Timmers

Director, Digital Society, Trust & Security, DG CONNECT, European Commission

*Positions & organisations at time of conference