Strengthening Data Protection Standards in Europe: Towards a Harmonised European Digital Market

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Strengthening Data Protection Standards in Europe: Towards a Harmonised European Digital Market

In today’s digital economy, data and in many cases, personal data is the new currency and it can only flow if there is trust. Our lives are increasingly invaded by “big data”, profiling and online tracking. This can sometimes lead to companies or governments knowing more about our motivations, relationships and preferences than even our closest friend or family.

At its core, data protection is about preserving a right that is reflected in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and in the Lisbon Treaty. 2015 is set to be the year when a common general position on the Data Protection Regulation in the EU will be achieved. Negotiations are still on-going, so as to strike the right balance between economic interests and protection of fundamental rights, privacy and security of personal data, and the legal and ethical issues this raises.

In the past two years, more information has been collected than in the rest of human history. Data is at the heart of the digital revolution and questions arise regarding ways to harness this wealth of information to help solve the 21st century key challenges. In January 2015, Europe’s data industry together with the European Commission committed to invest €2.5 billion in a public-private partnership (PPP) that aims at accelerating the development of Europe’s data-driven economy.

This timely international symposium provides an invaluable opportunity for key stakeholders within the public and private sector to explore the measures that are being taken to reduce territorial fragmentation of data protection laws and move towards a harmonised EU digital single market. The symposium will support the exchange of ideas and encourage delegates to engage in thought-provoking topical debate with local and regional practitioners and policy makers at EU level.


09:15 Registration and Morning Refreshments
10:00 Chair’s Welcome and Opening Remarks
10:10 Reforming the Data Protection Legal Framework
Modernising the Data Protection Rules – Progress and Challenges
Reducing Red-Tape: Discussing the ‘One-Stop-Shop’ Principle
Implementing Privacy Policies on the Cloud
Recommendation for Future Action
10:40 First Round of Discussions
11:10 Morning Coffee Break
11:30 Big Data and Privacy: Ensuring Innovation and Growth in Europe’s Digital Economy
Understanding the Potential of Big Data in Creating Growth and Jobs: Increasing Public Private Partnerships
Legitimate Purposes for Data Processing and Profiling: The Role of Informed Consent
Past and Ongoing Initiatives – Lessons Learned and Recommendations
12:00 Second Round of Discussions
12:30 Networking Lunch
13:30 Enhancing Trust, Restoring Consumer Control over Personal Data
Privacy and Data Protection on Social Networks
Users’ Control of their Data – Privacy by Design or by Default
Business Innovations, Products and Solutions Inspired by Privacy
Sharing Innovators’ Best Practice and Challenges
14:00 Third Round of Discussions
14:30 Afternoon Coffee Break
14:50 Balancing Privacy and Security: Current Challenges
Passenger Name Record (PNR) Proposal and its Implications in Privacy Rights
Tracking Illegal Pursuits on the Deep Web
Increasing Cooperation between Data Protection Authorities
Conclusions and Recommendations
15:20 Fourth Round of Discussions
15:50 Chair’s Summary and Closing Remarks
16:00 Networking Reception and Refreshments
16:30 Symposium Close

  • Please note that the programme and speakers are subject to change without notice **


Discuss the impending reforms of the data protection rules, and how Member States and the industry can prepare for the practical implementations.

Examine how best to ensure the inter-operability of the new EU rules with privacy frameworks worldwide.

Consider ways to achieve the right balance between citizens’ privacy needs and growth in Europe’s digital economy.

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