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You will find below an outline agenda for this year's event -  please check back regularly for updates. If you are interested in speaking opportunities, please contact Anne-Lise Simon at or on +44 (0) 2920 783 023.


Thursday 10 December, 2015


08:30 – 09:00

Welcome Coffee and Registration

09:00 – 10:15

Keynote Speeches

Věra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, European Commission
Felix Braz, Minister of Justice, Luxembourg Government
Julie Brill, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission, US Government
Moderator: Paul Adamson, Chairman, Forum Europe

10:15 – 10:30

Morning Coffee Break

10:30 – 12:00

Session 1: Will the new rules enable or restrain data innovation in Europe?

With the expectation that the GDPR will be adopted by the end of this year, this session will assess the likely new rules. How can industry and governments prepare for the practical implementation of the reforms and how can they ensure compliance going forward? Is there a risk that innovations in emergent areas such as IoT and the harnessing of big data will be stymied by the new rules, or are demonstrable adapted business models already emerging?

And on the institutional side, how will co-operation between national DPAs materialise in practice and what will be the role of the European Data Protection Board? Will the ‘one-stop shop’ approach be practical and consumer friendly enough? As different sectors converge (eg. the digital sector converging with financial services, health, transport, retails sectors) how can it be ensured that the regulations affecting them are interoperable and facilitate growth, investment and innovation?

Moderator: Frances Robinson, Freelance Journalist,

Wojciech Wiewiórowski, Assistant European Data Protection Supervisor, EDPS
Helen Woollett, Global Head of Privacy - Group Compliance, Barclays
Sharyn Dodson, VP, Managing Assistant General Counsel and EMEA Privacy Officer, CA Technologies
Joan Antokol, Managing Partner, Park Legal LLC
Abraham George, Consultant in Public Health, Kent County Council


12:00 – 13:20


13:20 – 14:50

Session 2: European data protection in the international context

In the context of a future where devices and data will be connected across borders and where data innovation has the power to transform lives, global prosperity is dependent on international legislative cooperation in the area of data privacy. As Europe seeks to lead by example in this area, this session will examine the interoperability of the new EU rules with global privacy frameworks and examine how businesses and governments can work together to ensure that the facilitation of trade and international data flows sit alongside the European fundamental right to privacy.

What does the future hold for International data transfers? How will the new rules fit with other non-European laws and practices? Do international businesses understand what their obligations will be and what new powers and resources will be allocated to DPAs to ensure overall compliance of data transfer systems to the European rules?

Moderator: Duncan Robinson, Brussels Correspondent, Financial Times

Paul Nemitz, Director, Fundamental Rights and Union Citizenship, DG Justice, European Commission
Thomas Boué, Director, Government Affairs, EMEA, BSA | The Software Alliance
Mark Lange, Director EU Institutional Relations, Microsoft
Judith Arrieta Munguia, Minister - Chief of Cabinet, Mission of Mexico to the European Union
Elaine McKinney, Compliance and Privacy Director, AVG Technologies

14:50 – 15:10

Afternoon Coffee Break

15:10 – 16:40

Session 3 - Consumer Trust : Empowering user control over data vs legitimate data use

One of the principle goals of the GDPR is to provide rules for transparent and trusted practices for data collection. This session will discuss whether the measures go far enough in promoting consumer confidence and will examine the circumstances under which personal data can be legitimately used by organisations to enhance their products. The panel will also discuss the new rules in the context of the creation of a Digital Single Market and the harmonisation of the GDPR with other EU legislative instruments aimed at protecting consumer data, such as the e-Privacy Directive, which is due to be reviewed early in 2016.

Will transparency over how personal data is used by organisations emerge and to what extent can the “explicit” and “informed” consent principles be balanced with legitimate practices from organisations developing innovative and personalised services to users thanks to the harnessing of personal data? To what extent can a “culture of privacy” enshrined in the business model of an organisation become a competitive advantage and is the right-to-erasure compatible with freedom of expression and right to information? How can citizens and consumers be protected from new forms of discrimination that may result from the collection of personal data? How could these discriminatory effects can be detected, measured and redressed? How will the privacy issues raised by profiling practices, personalised advertising and location-based services be dealt with?

How have concerns over privacy arising from the use of wearable devices, connected objects and mhealth applications inspired innovation and solutions? To what extent will the privacy-by-design and accountability principles guarantee that the regulatory framework keeps up with future technological innovation? How can a data subject’s control over the use of their personal data be enhanced? Could users achieve greater levels of empowerment if their data was treated as a legal asset? Is mobile tracking consent being enforced? Which points should be addressed and updated by review of the e-Privacy Directive, expected to occur in 2016? Will the scope of the directive be extended to mobile apps, OTT operators and other services providers?

Does the Police and Criminal Justice data protection directive strike the right balance between protecting the data of citizens and preserving their fundamental rights?

Moderator: Paul Adamson, Chairman, Forum Europe

Paul Timmers, Director, Digital Society, Trust & Security, DG CONNECT, European Commission
David Martin, Senior Legal Officer, BEUC
David Francis, Chief Security Officer, Huawei Europe
Anne-Lise Thieblemont, Senior Director, Government Affairs, Qualcomm
Nikolaos Laoutaris, Senior Researcher - Internet Scientific Group, Telefónica

16:40 – 17:30

Networking Cocktail Reception



Thursday 10 December, 2015
08.30 to 18.30




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