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Please note that due to some last-minute changes in the conference programme, the conference will start at 09:30 with registration opening at 08:45.


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Thursday 30 November, 2017


08:30 – 09:15

Welcome Coffee and Registration

09:15 – 10:15

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

Giovanni Buttarelli, European Data Protection Supervisor, EDPS
Moderator: Paul Adamson, Chairman, Forum Europe

Urmas Reinsalu, Minister of Justice, Republic of Estonia **
Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, Chairwoman, CNIL and Article 29 Working Party **

10:15 – 10:30

Morning Coffee Break

10:30 – 11:45

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

Moderator: Erika Mann, Senior Advisor, Covington & Burling LLP

11:45 – 12:30

Thinking Point - 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
Nicole Jones, Senior Law Enforcement & Security Counsel , Google
Joe McNamee, Executive Director , European Digital Rights
Paul De Hert, Human Rights and Law & Technology Scholar , Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)


12:30 – 13:30

Networking Lunch

13:30 – 13:45

Afternoon Keynote Speech

Vera Jourova, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, European Commission

13:45 – 15:00

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
Daniele Nguyen, Group Data Privacy officer, Schneider Electric
Matthieu Juif, Digital and Intellectual Property Counsel, L'Occitane en Provence
Karel Ribbens, Founder and CEO, Aztrix*
Joan Antokol, Managing Partner, Park Legal LLC

Moderator: Alea Fairchild, Research Fellow, The Constantia Institute

15:00 – 15:15

Afternoon Coffee Break

15:15 – 16:30

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
Birgit Sippel, MEP & Coordinator of the S&D Group in the LIBE-Committee, European Parliament
Jeremy Rollison, Director of EU Government Affairs, Microsoft
Kimon Zorbas, Vice President Government Affairs and Privacy Europe, Nielsen
Boris Wojtan, Director of Privacy, GSMA
Fanny Hidvegi, European Policy Manager, Access Now

Moderator: Magnus Franklin, Chief Correspondent, MLex

16:30 – 17:45

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.

David Martin, Senior Legal Officer, BEUC, the European Consumer Organisation
Marc Joye, Fellow & Security Technologist, NXP Semi-Conductor
Alastair Johnson, Founder & CEO, Nuggets
Rand Hindi, CEO and Founder,
Caroline Calomme, Founder, Brussels Legal Hackers

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

17:45 – 18:30

Conference Close and Cocktail Reception



Thursday 30 November, 2017
09.00 to 17.30




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