The past year was pivotal for data protection and privacy, both in the European Union and globally. The European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force in May 2018, turning data protection into an issue of interest for the general public. Data breaches and cases of data misuse by tech giants have continued to make headlines since, with the work of authorities and regulators coming into the public discourse more than ever before. Fake news and electoral interference facilitated by cloudy data policies have fuelled the conversation around ethics, responsibility and citizen awareness.
Taking place in Brussels on 20 March, the 9th European Data Protection & Privacy Conference will provide a much-needed platform to reflect on recent developments and the current state-of-play of data protection and privacy policies worldwide. “What next for European and global data privacy?” is the underlying question that will permeate the conference, with a series of keynotes, panels and discussions centred around some of the focal points in the ongoing discourse about data.
Hear from representatives at the highest level of European institutions
Alongside a host of top-level policy and industry speakers, the event will feature keynote interventions from Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society, and Vera Jourová, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality. Andrea Jelinek, Chair of the European Data Protection Board, will take part in the opening session to discuss how the facilitation of trade through international data flows can coexist with the promotion of privacy standards based on universal values, ethical principles and a multi-stakeholder approach. The European Data Protection Supervisor, Giovanni Buttarelli, will open the debate on public interest, consumer empowerment and responsibility in a data-driven society.
Discussions on key legislation proposals
In the afternoon sessions, the conference will analyse the growing challenges posed by fake news, and how to safeguard our democracies from personal data misuse. A high-level panel featuring MEP Birgit Sippel will debate the efficacy of the proposed EU Commission’s e-evidence legislation in guaranteeing the protection of citizen’s privacy rights, whilst facilitating law enforcement and efforts to combating crime. A thinking point on the status of the negotiations around the e-Privacy Regulation file, proposed by the European Commission in 2016, will conclude the day.
A discount for CPO readers
With over 200 delegates already confirmed to attend, the event is a staple in the privacy debate calendar, bringing privacy professionals and delegates from a variety of industries together with senior policymakers and regulators from the EU and beyond. CPO readers can take advantage of a 10% discount on the event by entering the code CPO10 at registration.
What: The 9th Annual European Data Protection & Privacy Conference