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Thursday 30 November, 2017


08:30 – 09:00

Welcome Coffee and Registration

09:00 – 10:20

Keynote Speeches and Q&A: Data Protection and Privacy: What’s next?

Vera Jourova, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, European Commission
Urmas Reinsalu, Minister of Justice, Republic of Estonia
Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, Chairwoman, CNIL and Article 29 Working Party

10:20 – 10:40

Morning Coffee Break

10:30 – 11:50

Panel 1 - Protecting Privacy: Facilitating international trade

As we live in a globally networked society, continued international cooperation is crucial to ensure that the facilitation of international trade coexists with appropriate safeguards to protect individual’s personal data. Over the past few years, more and more countries have updated or developed new legislations in the area of data protection and privacy, and therefore greater compatibility between different systems is required to boost international data flows and open up new trade channels. Following the US-EU Privacy Shield review in September and in the context of the formulation of international trade agreements with different regions, this session will explore the current state of play and the future of data protection globally.

Bruno Gencarelli, Head of Unit International data flows and protection DG Justice, European Commission
Jason Biros, Legal Adviser, US Mission to the EU
Thomas Boué, Director General, Policy — EMEA, BSA l The Software Alliance
Ilias Chantzos, Senior Director, Government Affairs EMEA & APJ, Symantec
Shuhei Ohshima, Commissioner for International Cooperation, Personal Information Protection Commission, Japan (tbc)
European, Industry Representative (tbc)

11:50 – 12:10

Speech - Protecting Privacy: Facilitating international law enforcement cooperation

In our connected societies, the international exchange of personal data can be of paramount importance for the prevention, investigation and prosecution of crimes. The respect of strong data protection safeguards in the context of law enforcement is however equally crucial to ensure citizens’ trust.

Caroline Goemans-Dorny, Data Protection Officer, Interpol


12:10 – 13:15

Networking Lunch

13:15 – 14:15

Panel 2 - Implementation and compliance with the GDPR in a digitally transformed society - Beyond 2018

With 6 months to go* before the GDPR applies across all of Europe, this session will address how stakeholders have been preparing for the final steps in implementing their GDPR compliance requirements, and will discuss future challenges and opportunities in the area of data protection - all in the context of the digitization of our economies.

Andrea Jelinek, Director, Austrian Data Protection Authority
Joan Antokol, Managing Partner, Park Legal LLC
Representative, Vertical Industry (banking, energy, health, retail)
Representative, Tech Industry (tbc)

14:15 – 14:45

Speech: Data-Protection in the Smart City ecosystem

More than a concept, the Smart City is now becoming a reality with a number of Smart Cities emerging all over Europe, where local government, industry and citizens are connected and where the social, urban, policing and environmental benefits can already be witnessed.
The use of data-intensive technologies in city planning is expected to create more efficient, economic and sustainable cities adapted to the future needs of urban populations. This implies huge amounts of data, including personal data, to be created, collected and analysed, making data protection and privacy crucial considerations.
This session will explore how the power of personal data can be leveraged to develop smart cities able to procure sustainable resources and services, and creating public value, while addressing the potential threats to personal privacy.
As cities harness more data than ever and in the context of privacy and security enhancing measures, this case study will explore:
- The benefits of open data and information-sharing balanced with the need for public trust and security.
- Addressing key privacy and data protection considerations at each stage of the data lifecycle in the Smart City.
- Implementing security risk management measures to protect personal information and critical infrastructure.
- Addressing challenges related to consent, notice of data collection, repurposing of “big data” drawn from IoT devices, anonymisation of data, data sharing, opt-out options and disposal of data in a Smart City.
- Data Governance, Ownership and liability in a Smart City Ecosystem.

14:45 – 15:00

Afternoon Coffee Break

15:00 – 16:10

Panel 3 - The ePrivacy Regulation: An appropriate regulation for an innovative digital ecosystem?

Following the January 2017 release of the European Commission proposal for a new e-Privacy Regulation – which has the objective of ‘enhancing security and confidentiality of communications’ - this session will, almost a year later, discuss the state of play of this proposal, and more crucially discuss its possible impact on Europe’s digital ecosystem.

Rosa Barcelo, Deputy head of Unit (DG CNECT Cybersecurity and Digital Privacy Unit, European Commission
Fanny Hidvegi, European Policy Manager, Access Now
Jeremy Rollison, Director of EU Government Affairs, Microsoft
Birgit Sippel, MEP & Coordinator of the S&D Group in the LIBE-Committee, European Parliament
Kimon Zorbas, Vice President Government Affairs and Privacy Europe, Nielsen
Representative, Telco company (tbc)

16:10 – 17:30

Panel 4: Data Protection and Privacy: A fundamental right for users, a myriad of opportunities for developers

In order to gain and maintain consumer trust - in line with the objectives of the overall European data protection framework and the Digital Single Market Strategy - software and hardware developers have to design privacy-friendly products, respecting principles such as privacy-by-design / privacy-by-default, while also adapting to consumers changing needs and evolving perception of what privacy is. Putting uncertainties and challenges aside, this session will look at how technology itself can be part of the solution, enabling consumers to take back control over their data and gain value from it.

Ursula Pachl, Deputy Director General, BEUC, the European Consumer Organisation
Marc Joye, Fellow & Security Technologist, NXP Semi-Conductor
Rand Hindi, CEO and Founder,
Alastair Johnson, Founder & CEO, Nuggets
Eva Kaili, Member, European Parliament (tbc)

Moderator: Nick Wallace, Senior Policy Analyst , Center for Data Innovation

17:30 – 18:30

Conference Close and Cocktail Reception



Thursday 30 November, 2017
09.00 to 17.30




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