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1 April 2014

Annual Conference on European Data Protection Law 2014

ERA conference to give an update on latest developments in EU data protection legislation


Foto: Annual Conference on European Data Protection Law 2014.


On Wednesday 12 March, the European Parliament approved the draft data protection legislation in the first reading. The vote sets out the Parliament’s position for the negotiations with the Council, which can start after the parliamentary elections in May, as soon as the Council defines its negotiating mandate. ERA’s “Annual Conference on European Data Protection Law 2014", to be held on 7-8 April 2014 in Brussels, will discuss the draft data protection rules and surveillance activities in the EU legal framework.

In response to mass surveillance activities revealed last year, the European Parliament has sought to tighten the rules on the transfer of data to non-EU countries. According to the draft law, businesses such as social media companies would be obliged to request authorisation from national data protection authorities before passing on any data to third countries’ law enforcement or intelligence agencies and would have to inform the citizen concerned of the request.

Organisations or businesses processing personal data would have to seek clear permission from the person concerned. This consent could be withdrawn at any time and the data would have to be erased upon request (the ‘right to be forgotten’). The new rules would include a so-called ‘one-stop-shop’ for companies; businesses would have to deal only with one data protection authority.

The conference will discuss the draft data protection legislation and challenges of the one-stop-shop principle. A particular focus of the conference will be EU-US data transfers and surveillance activities after PRISM. Claude Moraes, rapporteur of the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) for the inquiry into the mass surveillance of EU citizens, will present the effect of PRISM on the EU legal framework for surveillance activities.

Ralf Bendrath, Policy Advisor to Jan Philipp Albrecht MEP, Marie-Hélène Boulanger, Head of Unit at the European Commission’s DG Justice, and Lilian Mitrou, Chair of the Working Party on Information Exchange and Data Protection (DAPIX) at the Council of the European Union, will discuss the draft data protection rules.

Further speakers include Caspar Bowden, Independent Privacy Advocate, Paul De Hert, Professor at Tilburg University, Peter Hustinx, European Data Protection Supervisor, and Christopher Kuner, Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, as well as Paul Nemitz, Director, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship at the European Commission’s DG JUST.

Find more information about the event here.

Professional journalists may participate free of charge. To register as a journalist please contact Benjamin Koltermann (+49 651 93737 804).

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Benjamin Koltermann
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phone: +49 (0)651 937 37 804
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