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Tuesday 4 December, 2012


08:30 – 09:00

Registration and Welcome Coffee

09:00 – 10:30

Session 1: Opening Keynote Presentations & High-Level Roundtable Discussion

Morning Moderator:

Andrea Renda, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

09:00 – 09:15

The view from the European Parliament

Jan Philipp Albrecht MEP, Rapporteur, General Data Protection Regulation

09:15 – 09:30

The view from the US

William E. Kennard, US Ambassador to the EU, US Mission to the EU

09:30 – 09:45

The view from a Member State Data Protection Authority

Christopher Graham, Information Commissioner, UK Information Commissioner's Office

09:45 – 10:30

Round-table discussion with the speakers above

10:30 – 10:55

The view from the European Commission

Viviane Reding, Vice-President and Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, European Commission

10:30 – 11:00

Morning Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:30

Session 2 : Assessing the impact of the new general Data Protection Regulation –How will it work in practice?

As the revised Data Protection regulation passes through the legislative process, what impact will the proposed reforms have in practice on the businesses, regulators and consumers who will be primarily affected by the new rules? Do “Business Friendly” amends such as the removal of general notification requirements for companies go far enough, or will requirements such as the appointment of compulsory Data Protection Offices represent an increased administrative burden in real terms? Are the fines proposed by the Commission the right way to prevent data security breaches? How will compliance be monitored, and what new obligations will be placed on national data protection authorities? Will the “one-stop-shop” approach ensure a harmonised system that protects citizens whilst keeping the administrative burden on industry to a minimum, or will this encourage Forum Shopping? Will the new rules give citizens greater control over their personal data, and how far will proposed measures such as privacy by design and privacy by default go in restoring consumer confidence?

Rainer Stentzel, Head of Project Group, Data Protection Reform, German Federal Ministry of the Interior
David Hoffman, Director of Security Policy and Global Privacy Officer, Intel Corporation
John Vassalo, Vice President EU Affairs, Microsoft
Jonathan Zuck, President, Association for a Competitive Technology
Joan Antokol, Managing Partner, Park Legal LLC
Joe McNamee, Executive Director, European Digital Rights


12:30 – 14:00

Lunch Break

14:00 – 15:30

Session 3: Breakout Sessions

Delegates now have the choice of attending one of the following two breakout sessions:

Reconciling data protection with the protection of other fundamental rights – where does the balance lie? BREAKOUT SESSION 2:
The long-term approach - How best to ‘future-proof’ the EU’s Data Protection regulation?

14:00 – 15:30

BREAKOUT SESSION 1: Reconciling data protection with the protection of other fundamental rights – where does the balance lie?

The European Court of Justice states that 'the right to the protection of personal data is not an absolute right, but must be considered in relation to its function in society and be balanced with other fundamental rights.' Where does this balance lie, and how will the proposed new data protection regulation and directive fit in with existing EU and external frameworks aimed to protect these other rights? Does the proposed Police and Criminal Justice data protection directive strike the right balance between protecting the data of citizens and preserving rights such as security of citizens and right to life? How will the directive fit with data protection frameworks in third countries, for example the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and the Patriot Act in the US? How compatible are the proposed new data protection laws with EU and global tools to tackle infringements of rights in the online environment (including intellectual property rights?) Ultimately, where should the priority lie when considering how to ensure a balance between data protection and other fundamental rights?


Mario Oetheimer, Team co-ordinator, 'Data Protection'
Daniel Drewer, Data Protection Officer, Europol
Dimitrios Droutsas MEP, Rapporteur, Data Protection Directive, European Parliament
Laurence Djolakian, Vice President, Legal counsel, Motion Picture Association
Bruce Swartz, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice

14:00 – 15:30

BREAKOUT SESSION 2: The long-term approach - How best to ‘future-proof’ the EU’s Data Protection regulation?

One of the key aims of the January proposal is that the new regulation will act as single, technology neutral and future-proof set of rules. To what extent is this realistic in the long-term given the speed at which new technologies are developing, particularly in relation to the ‘internet of things’ and Cloud Computing? Is there a need for a separate data protection framework that accounts for the specific impact of IOT technology, as proposed recently by Commissioner Kroes, and would the need to comply with two sets of regulation risk over complication? How can Europe balance competitiveness in the global cloud computing market with a regulatory framework that ensures data security best-practice and promotes cloud uptake? Could a lack of clarity over data protection obligations under the new regime stifle innovation in the development of new technologies and social media?


Djordje Djokic, Privacy Expert and Researcher, Bearstech
Giuseppe Abbamonte, Head of Unit, Trust & Security, DG CONNECT, European Commission
Monika Kuschewsky, Partner, Van Bael & Bellis
Daniel Pradelles, EMEA Privacy Officer, HP
Claus-Dieter Ulmer, Group Data Protection Officer, Deutsche Telekom
Auke Haagsma, Director, ICOMP

15:30 – 16:00

Afternoon Coffee Break

16:00 – 17:30

Session 4: What role for EU and international policymakers in ensuring global interoperability?

In addition to the reforms to data protection and privacy standards being seen in the EU, many other countries and regions around the world are also going through a similar process of review. Which key countries and regions are seeing changes, and what degree of international coordination is necessary? What core principles does the proposed European framework share with that of third countries, and where do the differences lie? What can be done by European and international policymakers and DPAs to help in the move towards global interoperability and aid the transborder flow of personal data? Is greater US/EU cooperation in the field of data protection needed in order to promote a strong digital transatlantic common market? Is there a need for a harmonised global set of data rules, and to what extent is achieving this a realistic aim?


Stewart Dresner, Chief Executive, Privacy Laws & Business
Peter Hustinx, Supervisor, European Data Protection Supervisor
Koji Ouchi, First Secretary, Mission of Japan to the EU
Thomas Boué, Director, Government Affairs, EMEA, BSA | The Software Alliance
Ruth Cullinane, European Data Protection Officer, Dell
Pat Walshe, Director of Privacy, GSMA

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