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Tuesday 6 December, 2011


08:30 – 09:00

Welcome Coffee and Registration

09:00 – 09:50

Opening Keynote Presentations


Giles Merritt, President, Forum Europe

09:00 – 09:25

The view from the European Commission

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

09:25 – 09:50

Transatlantic solutions for data privacy

Cameron Kerry, General Counsel, US Department of Commerce

09:50 – 11:20

Session 1: Ensuring co-ordinated and harmonised data protection laws across the EU

What can be done at an EU level to ensure consistent implementation and enforcement of data protection laws by member states? What should the roles of the Commission, the Article 29 working group, and National DPAs be going forward? How can appropriate co-operation between these be ensured? What measures should companies take at this stage to prepare for the new data protection laws, and how can they ensure compliance going forward? Can ‘accountability’ help to provide improved standards in trans-border data governance and overall compliance levels? Is the ‘country of origin’ principle something that could be used to simplify rules for data controllers operating across different member states, and if so how can forum shopping be avoided?


Giles Merritt, President, Forum Europe
Axel Voss MEP, Member, European Parliament
Jonathan Weeks, Deputy Director of Legal Affairs, EMEA, Intel
Stephen Deadman, Head of Legal Privacy, Security & Content Standards, Vodafone
Joan Antokol, Managing Partner, Park Legal LLC
Jacob Kohnstamm, Chairman, Article 29 Data Protection Working Party
John Vassallo, Vice President EU Affairs, Microsoft

11:20 – 11:40

Refreshment Break

11:40 – 13:00

Session 2: What will the effect of the new privacy rules be on the online lives of EU citizens?

Many web services that are currently available to consumers free of charge are funded in essence using ‘data currency’. What impact will the emergence of new privacy rules governing "right to be forgotten" and "privacy by default" have on this, and on how access to the internet is funded? Will broadband investment and the future development possibilities of the internet be affected? How may existing revenue streams and business models have to change? What may the potential impact of “right to be forgotten” be for news organisations and other providers of archived media?


Monika Kuschewsky, Partner, Van Bael & Bellis
Marie-Hélène Boulanger, Head of Unit - Data Protection, European Commission
Richard Allan, Director of Policy for EMEA, Facebook
Pat Walshe, Direcor of Privacy, GSMA
René Lamsfuss, Vice President Market Governance & Data Strategy Nielsen Online, Nielsen
Katarzyna Prusak, Legal Advisor in the Ministry of Interior and Administration, Government of Poland


13:00 – 14:15


14:15 – 15:40

Session 3 - Breakout Sessions

Delegates have the choice of attending one of the two following sessions - details can be found below:

BREAKOUT SESSION 1: Fighting terrorism and cyber-crime - Where does the balance lie between security and privacy rights?
BREAKOUT SESSION 2 - Rebuilding consumer confidence in data protection laws

14:20 – 15:40

BREAKOUT SESSION 1: Fighting terrorism and cyber-crime - Where does the balance lie between security and privacy rights?

To what extent should data protection laws be extended to cover criminal matters and aspects relating to security? Under what circumstances can the sharing of information on banking and passengers be justified to fight crime and terrorism? How should international information exchanges be co-ordinated and is there a need for an independent body to oversee these? To what extent is there a need for data retention to help combat terrorism and other crime? Can the ‘quick freeze’ procedure work as an alternative to this?


Brooks Tigner, Chief Policy Analyst & Head of Technical Studies, Security Europe
Sophie In't Veld MEP, Member, European Parliament
Christiane Höhn, Advisor to the EU Counter Terrorism Coordinator, European Council
Vivienne Artz, Managing Director, IP and O&T Law Group, Citi
Stewart Robinson, DOJ Counselor, U.S. Mission to the EU
Susan Daley, Government Affairs Manager, Symantec

14:20 – 15:40

BREAKOUT SESSION 2 - Rebuilding consumer confidence in data protection laws

A number of well-publicised instances of data losses, breaches and misuses have led to an erosion of consumer confidence in the information. Will the proposed reform of our EU data protection rules go far enough to help rebuild consumer confidence? Should data breach notification be mandatory across all sectors, or restricted to just online? What role do industry and other stakeholders need to play? What impact can principles such as ‘privacy by design’ and ‘privacy by default’ have? Can ‘trustmark’ schemes be part of the solution, and if so, how should these be driven and funded? What role can education and awareness-raising campaigns, particularly for young people, play in helping improve data protection rights and also improving consumer confidence?


Magnus Franklin, Journalist, MLex
David Smith, Deputy Commissioner and Director of Data Protection, UK ICO
Hervé le Jouan, Founder and CEO, Privowny
Kostas Rossoglou, Senior Legal Officer, BEUC
Kaisa Olkkonen, Vice-President, EU Affairs, Nokia
Jan-Philipp Albrecht MEP, Member, European Parliament

15:40 – 16:00

Refreshment Break

16:00 – 17:40

Session 4: What shape for globalised data protection and privacy laws in the 21st century?

With Europe arguably demanding the most stringent data privacy standards, is the best way forward for companies to adjust corporate strategy globally, or simply adhere to the rules for data gathered in Europe, whilst limiting changes in the rest of the world? Are we seeing convergence between the approaches on privacy taken in the EU, US and globally? Can European data protection and privacy standards provide a blueprint for companies to handle policies worldwide? How can the EU enhance co-operation with third countries and with international organisations? How can the EU ensure that its citizens enjoy ‘data protection regardless of data location’, and what enforcement actions can be used when dealing with non-EU data controllers?


Richard Thomas, Global Strategy Advisor, Centre for Information Policy Leadership, Hunton Williams
Peter Hustinx, Supervisor, European Data Protection Supervisor
John Boswell, Senior Vice-President and General Counsel, SAS
Michael Donohue, Senior Policy Analyst, OECD
Peter Fleischer, Global Privacy Counsel, Google
Claus-Dieter Ulmer, Group Data Protection Officer, Deutsche Telekom

17:40 – 19:00

Networking Cocktail and Reception

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