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The programme for this year's conference can be found below. Please check back regularly for updates. If you are interested in speaking opportunities, please contact Anne-Lise Simon at dataprotection2019@forum-europe.com or on +44 (0) 2920 783 023.

 

Wednesday 20 March, 2019

Morning

09:00 – 11:10

Keynote Session: Global Data Privacy – Where next for Data Privacy Worldwide?


A high-level international keynote session exploring the current state-of-play of data protection and privacy policies worldwide, discussing how the facilitation of trade through international data flows can coexist with the promotion of high privacy standards based on universal values, ethical principles and a multi-stakeholder approach.

09:00 – 10:00

Part 1: International Perspective - Speeches


Andrea Jelinek, Chair, European Data Protection Board

10:00 – 11:10

Part 2: Stakeholders' Response


Bruno Gencarelli, Head of Unit, International data flows and protection, DG JUSTICE, European Commission
Joan Antokol, Managing Partner, Park Legal LLC

11:30 – 13:00

Session 2: Public interest, consumer empowerment and responsibility in a data-driven society


The digital revolution is powered by data. Innovation in digital technologies and data-related business models are essential to a successful European data economy as most sectors continue to be transformed by data-analytics and Artificial Intelligence, bringing unprecedented benefits to businesses, the public sector and wider society. However, this transition from Data Economy to an Algorithmic Economy raises new fears that the emergence of AI will exacerbate human bias and facilitate discrimination, amongst other concerns.

With the GDPR and the necessary compliance efforts undertaken by businesses, European consumers are now more aware and arguably more empowered than ever, keen to manage and understand the use of their personal data. But are they truly aware of the value of their data? This session will highlight the power of personal data in the delivery of data-enabled technologies and will discuss whether individuals should re-think both their responsibilities as empowered data providers and consumers, and as citizens in the age of data. It will explore how stakeholders can cooperate to find a balance between maximizing the huge benefits of algorithmic decision-making based on personal data and the minimisation of potential harmful outcomes.

Ursula Pachl, Deputy Director General, BEUC

Afternoon

14:00 – 14:15

Keynote Speech


Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society, European Commission

14:15 – 15:15

Session 3: Fighting 'Fake News': Safeguarding our democracies from personal data misuse


From ‘troll farms’ spreading ‘fake news’ and ideological ideas in rapid, repetitive patterns over social media networks, to data-tampering influencing voter’s political choices, data-misuse can have a significant impact on the very functioning of our democracies, individual freedoms and values.

This session will discuss:


  • The growing challenges democracies face in the realm of the digital world and the nature of these emerging risks

  • The technological and regulatory solutions needed to prevent the violation of privacy rights, and psychological manipulation of users through data-tampering, as well as to deter future interference in democratic systems

  • The responsibilities and liability of service providers, digital platforms and online intermediaries creating new business models based on data-usage

  • How the above issues can be best addressed while defending freedom of expression and the media, safeguarding a free and open Internet, and protecting civil liberties


Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society, European Commission

15:15 – 15:30

Keynote Speech


Vĕra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, European Commission

15:30 – 16:30

Session 4: Digital Evidence: Facilitating law enforcement, protecting privacy


In April 2018, the European Commission released a set of proposed rules to facilitate access to electronic evidence by law enforcement authorities. The so-called e-evidence legislation would allow law enforcement agencies to demand user data from technology firms – regardless of where the data is stored or where the company is located. While ‘equipping law enforcement authorities with 21st century methods to tackle crime’ via specialised e-forensics activities is deemed vital to accelerate and facilitate efficient cross-border investigation, detection, and prosecution of offenders, the right balance needs to be found in order to protect citizens’ data and to protect their civil liberties and fundamental rights.

This session will discuss:


  • The extent to which the proposed rules can successfully both guarantee the protection of EU citizen’s privacy and enhance law enforcement and intelligence agencies efforts in combating crime

  • The extent to which the new system will concretely allow for faster and more efficient cross-border cooperation between different authorities

  • Whether there is a need to go further and allow law enforcement authorities to intercept communication data in real time, as believed necessary by some National Justice Ministers, and the new legal and civil liberties issues that real-time monitoring could raise


Alexandra Jour-Schroeder, Acting Deputy Director-General, DG Justice, European Commission
Jan Ellermann, Senior Specialist Data Protection Function, Europol

16:50 – 18:00

Session 5: e-Privacy - Supporting a level playing field for all market players in the digital ecosystem?


Two years (at the time of the conference) following the release of the European Commission’s proposal for a new e-Privacy Regulation, which is aimed at all electronic communications service providers, including telecoms operators and OTT applications, this session will explore the status of the negotiations around the file, the key points agreed so far, the next steps towards finalization and implementation of the new framework, as well as its expected impact on the future of Europe’s digital economy

Zsuzsanna Belenyessy, Head of Sector, Digital Privacy, DG CONNECT, European Commission

Logistics

When

Wednesday 20 March, 2019
09.00 to 17.00

CET

 

Where

Thon Hotel EU

Rue de la Loi 75
1040 Bruxelles
Belgium

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