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The programme for this year's conference can be found below. Please check back regularly for updates. If you are interested in speaking opportunities in 2020, please contact Anne-Lise Simon at or on +44 (0) 2920 783 023.


Wednesday 20 March, 2019


08:20 – 09:00

Registration and Welcome Coffee

09:00 – 09:15

Keynote Speech

Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society, European Commission

09:15 – 11:25

Opening Session: Global Data Privacy – Where next for Data Privacy Worldwide?

Moderator: Paul Adamson, Chairman, Forum Europe

09:15 – 10:20

Part 1: International Perspective - Speeches

A high-level international keynote session exploring the current state-of-play of data protection and privacy policies worldwide, discussing how the facilitation of trade through international data flows can coexist with the promotion of high privacy standards based on universal values, ethical principles and a multi-stakeholder approach.

Andrea Jelinek, Chair, European Data Protection Board
Yeong Zee Kin, Deputy Commissioner, Personal Data Protection Commission, Singapore
Tetsuo Narukawa, Commissioner for International Cooperation, Personal Information Protection Commission, Japan
Peter Davidson, General Counsel, US Department of Commerce
Mercy Wanjau, Chair of the Taskforce on Data Protection and Privacy Policy, Kenya

10:20 – 11:25

Part 2: Stakeholders' Response

Bruno Gencarelli, Head of Unit, International data flows and protection, DG JUSTICE, European Commission
Mathias Cellarius, Global Data Protection Officer, Head of Data Protection & Privacy, SAP Global Security
Linda Thielova, Data Privacy Counsel, OneTrust
Thomas Boué, Director General, Policy - EMEA, BSA l The Sofware Alliance
Sanford Reback, Vice President of Global Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Twilio

11:25 – 11:40

Coffee Break

11:40 – 13:00

Session 2: Public interest, consumer empowerment and responsibility in a data-driven society

The digital revolution is powered by data. Innovation in digital technologies and data-related business models are essential to a successful European data economy as most sectors continue to be transformed by data-analytics and Artificial Intelligence, bringing unprecedented benefits to businesses, the public sector and wider society. However, this transition from Data Economy to an Algorithmic Economy raises new fears that the emergence of AI will exacerbate human bias and facilitate discrimination, amongst other concerns.

With the GDPR and the necessary compliance efforts undertaken by businesses, European consumers are now more aware and arguably more empowered than ever, keen to manage and understand the use of their personal data. But are they truly aware of the value of their data? This session will highlight the power of personal data in the delivery of data-enabled technologies and will discuss whether individuals should re-think both their responsibilities as empowered data providers and consumers, and as citizens in the age of data. It will explore how stakeholders can cooperate to find a balance between maximizing the huge benefits of algorithmic decision-making based on personal data and the minimisation of potential harmful outcomes.

Moderator: Dan Michaels, Brussels Bureau Chief, The Wall Street Journal

11:40 – 12:00

Opening Keynote Interview

Giovanni Buttarelli, European Data Protection Supervisor

12:00 – 13:00

Panel discussion

Despina Spanou, Director Digital Society Trust & Cybersecurity DG CONNECT, European Commission
Ursula Pachl, Deputy Director General, BEUC
Ilias Chantzos, Senior Director, Government Affairs EMEA & APJ, Symantec
Joan Antokol, Managing Partner, Park Legal LLC
Catherine Mayer, Executive Director, Datum Future


13:00 – 14:00

Networking Lunch

14:00 – 15:00

Session 3: Fighting 'Fake News': Safeguarding our democracies from personal data misuse

From ‘troll farms’ spreading ‘fake news’ and ideological ideas in rapid, repetitive patterns over social media networks, to data-tampering influencing voter’s political choices, data-misuse can have a significant impact on the very functioning of our democracies, individual freedoms and values.

This session will discuss:

- The growing challenges democracies face in the realm of the digital world and the nature of these emerging risks
- The technological and regulatory solutions needed to prevent the violation of privacy rights, and psychological manipulation of users through data-tampering, as well as to deter future interference in democratic systems
- The responsibilities and liability of service providers, digital platforms and online intermediaries creating new business models based on data-usage
- How the above issues can be best addressed while defending freedom of expression and the media, safeguarding a free and open Internet, and protecting civil liberties

Paolo Cesarini, Head of Unit, Media Convergence and Social Media, European Commission
Estelle Massé, Senior Policy Analyst and Global Data Protection Lead , Access Now
Trisha Meyer, Postdoctoral Researcher, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
David Longford, Chief Executive Officer, DataGuidance
Ania Helseth, EU Policy Manager, Facebook

Moderator: Daniel Gehrt, Research Leader, RAND Europe

15:00 – 15:20

Coffee Break

15:20 – 16:20

Session 4: Digital Evidence: Facilitating law enforcement, protecting privacy

In April 2018, the European Commission released a set of proposed rules to facilitate access to electronic evidence by law enforcement authorities. The so-called e-evidence legislation would allow law enforcement agencies to demand user data from technology firms – regardless of where the data is stored or where the company is located. While ‘equipping law enforcement authorities with 21st century methods to tackle crime’ via specialised e-forensics activities is deemed vital to accelerate and facilitate efficient cross-border investigation, detection, and prosecution of offenders, the right balance needs to be found in order to protect citizens’ data and to protect their civil liberties and fundamental rights.

This session will discuss:

- The extent to which the proposed rules can successfully both guarantee the protection of EU citizen’s privacy and enhance law enforcement and intelligence agencies efforts in combating crime
- The extent to which the new system will concretely allow for faster and more efficient cross-border cooperation between different authorities
- Whether there is a need to go further and allow law enforcement authorities to intercept communication data in real time, as believed necessary by some National Justice Ministers, and the new legal and civil liberties issues that real-time monitoring could raise.

Jan Ellermann, Senior Specialist Data Protection Function, Europol
Birgit Sippel, Member, European Parliament
Lauri Rautio, Senior Advisor in Legislative Affairs, Ministry of Justice, Finland
Mika Lauhde, Vice President, Cyber Security & Privacy Affairs, Huawei Technologies
Tania Schroeter, Deputy Head of Unit, Procedural Criminal Law Unit, European Commission

Moderator: Eline Chivot, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Data Innovation

16:20 – 16:40

Keynote Speech

Vĕra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, European Commission

16:40 – 17:45

Session 5: e-Privacy - Supporting a level playing field for all market players in the digital ecosystem?

Two years (at the time of the conference) following the release of the European Commission’s proposal for a new e-Privacy Regulation, which is aimed at all electronic communications service providers, including telecoms operators and OTT applications, this session will explore the status of the negotiations around the file, the key points agreed so far, the next steps towards finalization and implementation of the new framework, as well as its expected impact on the future of Europe’s digital economy

Zsuzsanna Belenyessy, Head of Sector, Digital Privacy, DG CONNECT, European Commission
Birgit Sippel, Member, European Parliament
Jeremy Rollison, Director, EU Government Affairs, Microsoft Europe
Diego Naranjo, Senior Policy Advisor, European Digital Rights
Robert Dehm, Attaché, Information Society and Telecommunications, Permanent Representation of Germany to the EU

Moderator: Eline Chivot, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Data Innovation

17:45 – 18:30

Cocktail Reception



Wednesday 20 March, 2019
09.00 to 17.00




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