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Human After All: Data Protection in Policing

  • 7th EDEN Event on Data Protection in Law Enforcement

Rome, 18 October 2021 – 19 October 2021

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If you register for the face-to-face event and due to the COVID-19 pandemic we are obliged to hold the event online-only, you will have the option either to switch to the online-only event or to cancel your participation at no cost.


This conference will take a detailed look at the human factor in data protection which becomes more and more relevant in so many ways. 

Human intervention is an important safeguard not only when it comes to the increasing use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) including machine learning in law enforcement and beyond. Data protection will also only work on the ground if humans continue to believe in its added value. The human element is the building block of a healthy data protection culture in any organisation including in law enforcement. 

But sometimes things also go wrong. In the best case that is the moment when we can remind ourselves that we are all just humans, after all. In a bad scenario humans have suffered serious impact on their fundamental right to data protection – or even worse.

The aim of the event is to discuss these questions with stakeholders from various backgrounds including law enforcement, representatives of relevant private parties, academia, NGOs, regulators, legislators, etc. How can law enforcement enhance both freedom and security in a world which is more data-driven and complex every day. 

Key topics

  • Data protection in law enforcement
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Facial recognition
  • Machine learning
  • Online risks for minors
  • Data literacy
  • Cyber security

Important note

This event is planned to be held in person provided that the public health situation (Covid-19) allows it. Please note this is subject to change. The organisers do not take responsibility for any expenses made to attend the event.

Conference fee

  • € 590 ERA standard fee incl. ERA reductions
  • € 250 members of EDEN
  • Participation free of charge for: law enforcement officers, Law Enforcement DPOs, Europol National Units (staff members of the desks of the Member States at Europol) and Europol staff upon invitation/request (criehle@era.int).

Who should attend?

This conference is targeted at law enforcement officials, data protection officers, representatives of national data protection authorities and academics who are members of Europol's Data Protection Experts Network (EDEN).

Fees in €:
EU and ERA patrons
Young lawyers and other groups
Members of EDEN
More details about the fees and discounts

Early registration discount
  • 10 % by 18.09.2021
Discounts available
  • EU and ERA Patrons
    Staff of European Union institutions and agencies; Staff of ERA’s patrons: all EU Member States (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden), United Kingdom, the German states, Scotland and the City of Trier.
  • Young lawyers and other groups
    Young lawyers up to 30 years of age (important: the participant must provide a copy or details of his or her passport or identity card on request); Full-time staff of universities or comparable academic institutions; Staff of charitable organisations or comparable institutions.
  • Discount Voucher Code
    If you have a discount voucher code, please enter the code in the Voucher Field when you register.

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Important note
This event is planned to be held in person provided that the public health situation (Covid-19) allows it. Please note this is subject to change. The organisers do not take responsibility for any expenses made to attend the event.


Conference Organisers
ERA (Cornelia Riehle) in cooperation with the Italian Police and Europol's Data Protection Experts Network (EDEN)

Cornelia Riehle

Natalia Boxberg


Conference venue Auditorium del Massimo

Auditorium del Massimo

Via Massimiliano Massimo, 1
Rome, Italy



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