"Personal data - more use, more protection?"
In May 2009 the Commission organised a conference dedicated to personal data use and protection and to examining new challenges for privacy.
How should personal data be protected in a globalised world with increased mobility and in the wake of modern communication and information technologies?
Which data are accessed and exchanged by public authorities and private companies?
How well are current rules on international transfers of personal data working in the age of "cloud computing"?
What are the expectations of individuals and business and society as a whole in this field?
These and other topical questions were addressed by a conference on the use, exchange and protection of personal data in the EU, organised by the Commission in Brussels on 19 and 20 May 2009.
Interested individuals, business leaders, consumer associations, academics, data protection supervisors and public authorities from both the EU and third countries were invited to take part.
The conference gave the opportunity to various stakeholders to express their views and questions on the new challenges for data protection and the need for an effective information management strategy in the EU.
The conference was part of the Commission's open consultation on how the fundamental right to protection for personal data can be further developed and effectively respected, particularly in the area of freedom, justice and security.
- Press release
- Practical information
- Online registration form - registration has now closed
- Personal data protection notice
- If you are interested in expressing your views and raising questions on the new challenges for data protection before the Conference, please join our Forum, which will be active until 18 May 2009.
- The conference webcast
- Any questions you may have can be sent to the following address: email@example.com
Speeches and presentations
- Opening session - welcome speech from the Commission: Jacques Barrot, Vice-President, Commissioner in charge of Justice, Freedom and Security
Session 1: "Knowing you, knowing me" - new purposes, new challenges?
I. What does it mean today "in accordance with the law, necessary, proportionate, and appropriate in a democratic society"?
- Kurt Hager, Federal Interior Ministry, Austria
- Douwe Korff, London Metropolitan University:
II. Profiling, risk assessment and advertising
III. The role of business and personal data protection
- Jeroen Terstegge, Corporate Privacy Officer/Senior Counsel, DigitalEurope,
- Andreas Krisch, President, European Digital Rights (EDRi)
Session 2: "Does your mother know?" - no - but could she?
I. Transparency and notification in the age of internet
- Peter Hustinx, European Data Protection Supervisor
- Peter Fleischer, Global Privacy Counsel, Google Inc.
II. Awareness and public opinion
- Marili Parissaki, Senior Associate Consultant, Kantor Group
- Kantor Group - Evaluation of the means used by national data protection supervisory authorities in the promotion of personal data protection
- Nataša Pirc Musar, Information Commissioner, Slovenia
III. Supervisory authorities and the data subject
IV. Consumer protection and personal data protection
- Willemien Bax, Deputy Director, European Consumers' Organisation (BEUC)
- Paul de Hert, Vrije Universiteit Brussels and Tilburg University
Session 3: "Take A Chance On Me" - towards a new data protection culture in Europe?
I. Identity management
II. Data security, certification and privacy professionals
- Christopher Kuner, Chairman, European Privacy Officers Forum (EPOF) Peter Gola, President, German Association for Data Protection and Data Security (GDD)
III. Is there a "fundamental right to forget"?
- Patrick Breyer, Data Protection Expert
- Patrick Breyer, proposals for the improvement of data protection
- Francesco Pizzetti, President Garante, Italian Data Protection Authority, Italy
IV. Towards a Charter on Digital Data Protection and Freedom of Information?
Giovanni Buttarelli, Assistant Supervisor, European Data Protection Supervisor:
V. Globalisation issues