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The conference programme can be found below.


** Indicates contribution by video message due to last-minute change in the speaker's schedule


Thursday 1 December, 2016


08:30 – 09:00

Welcome Coffee and Registration

09:00 – 10:20

Keynote speeches and roundtable discussion

As the GDPR entered into force in May this year and will apply from May 2018, this session will address how all stakeholders can best prepare for the implementation of the new rules, during the two-year transitional period.

• What will the roles of the European Commission, Governments, and National DPAs be going forward, during the implementation period?
• What will the new European Data Protection Board mean for public and private organisations?
• How have organisations started to rethink their data protection policy in order to comply with the new rules and how has this impacted, if at all, on their abilities to innovate?
• What are the upcoming challenges for both private enterprises and public sector organisations?
• How will cooperation between DPAs be encouraged?
• To what extent will DPAs have the necessary tools and resources to stay informed of new developments in data technologies, and how can it be ensured that the GDPR rules will be enforced in a consistent manner across Europe?

Vera Jourova, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, European Commission
Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, Chairwoman, CNIL and Article 29 Working Party **
Giovanni Buttarelli, European Data Protection Supervisor, EDPS

Moderator: Paul Adamson, Chairman, Forum Europe

09:50 – 10:20

Roundtable discussion

Vera Jourova, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, European Commission
Giovanni Buttarelli, European Data Protection Supervisor, EDPS
Ursula Pachl, Deputy Director General, BEUC

10:20 – 10:40

Coffee Break

10:40 – 12:15

PANEL 1 - Protecting Personal Data and Supporting Data Innovation: Striking the right balance

As stated in the Digital Single Market Strategy, sound data protection rules will increase trust in digital services, providing confidence in the way user’s personal data is collected, processed and used, which is crucial to allow data-driven innovation to flourish. Sectors such as e-commerce, digital advertising and the sharing economy, to only name a few, rely heavily on the processing of personal data, providing organisations with a thorough understanding of their users behaviours and preferences, and allowing them to offer more personalized and convenient solutions.

This session will discuss the extent to which consumers will be able to continue to benefit from data-driven and personalised solutions, and what if any compromises are necessary to facilitate this.

Kaja Kallas, Rapporteur - Towards a Digital Single Market Act, European Parliament
Paul Nemitz, Director Fundamental rights and rule of law, DG JUSTICE, European Commission
James Kinsella, Founder, Zettabox
Fanny Hidvegi, European Policy Manager, Access Now
Daniel Pradelles, Director, Global Strategic Engagements & External Relations Privacy Office, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Thomas Boué, Director General, Policy - EMEA, BSA | The Software Alliance

Moderator: Hans Graux, IT lawyer, time.lex


12:15 – 13:30


13:30 – 15:00

PANEL 2 – The ePrivacy Directive review: A level playing field for all market players?

The European Commission is expected to release a new legislative proposal on ePrivacy by the end of 2016, following a stakeholder consultation that took place earlier on this year.This session will discuss what updates to the ePrivacy Directive may be required so that it is aligned with the GDPR, and to ensure it remains consistent with future market and technological developments in the electronic communications sector.

Rosa Barcelo, Head of Sector, Digital Privacy, DG CONNECT, European Commission
Claus-Dieter Ulmer, Senior Vice President, Group Privacy, Deutsche Telekom
Jeremy Rollison, Director, EU Government Affairs, Microsoft
Townsend Feehan, CEO, Interactive Advertising Bureau Europe
David Martin, Senior Legal Officer, BEUC

Moderator: Duncan Robinson, Brussels Correspondent, Financial Times

15:00 – 15:20

Afternoon Coffee Break

15:20 – 16:45

PANEL 3 - The New Data Protection and Privacy Framework – Facilitating international data flows

We live in increasingly networked societies, regardless of borders, where transfers of personal information between countries and markets plays a key role in the global economy. Therefore, the extent to which global data protection laws remain compatible with each other is crucial for data innovation, economical and societal benefits. This session will discuss the implications of the adoption of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield agreement earlier this year for global businesses, and will debate the future of the ‘Adequacy Principle’ for third countries looking to demonstrate to the EU that they have appropriate safeguards for data protection. This discussion will be held in the context of ongoing global trade negotiations and following the vote of the UK to leave the EU earlier this year.
Adina Valean, Vice-President, European Parliament
Steve Wood, Deputy UK Information Commissioner, UK Information Commissioner Office
Bruno Gencarelli, Head of Unit - Data Protection, European Commission - DG Justice
Joan Antokol, Managing Partner, Park Legal LLC
Shannon Coe, Head of international data transfers sector, Office of Digital Services, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce

Moderator: Chris Connolly, Director, Galexia

16:45 – 17:45

Cocktail Reception

The Cocktail Reception is kindly sponsored by OneTrust



Thursday 1 December, 2016
08.30 to 16.50




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