A New Era for Data Protection: Implementing the European Data Protection Reform – Brussels, Belgium

November 22, 2018

Designed to create a modern framework for data protection with increased legal certainty, protections and obligations, the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Directive (DPD, so called Police Directive) came into force in May, having been agreed on by the European Parliament and Commission in 2015. The reforms aim to strengthen individual rights, streamline the data economy through standardised legislation across the Digital Single Market and facilitate the free flow of data to promote public security. Currently, the EU’s ePrivacy Directive, Regulation 45/2001 outlining rules for data protection in EU institutions and a directive on Protection Rules for Telecoms Networks and Internet Services are being considered, altered and replaced to ensure they are in keeping with the reforms.

The rapid advancement of technology makes data protection especially challenging. The latest reforms, designed not to be prescriptive or short-sighted, contain general terms which are at risk of misinterpretation or manipulation. Moreover, third country agreements and information sharing, recently illustrated by the EU-US Privacy Shield issues and the application of the Passenger Name Records Directives, demonstrate the complexities of data protection which stretch far beyond the European community. Navigating incompatibility issues and ensuring suitable security measures which don’t breach fundamental rights remains a challenge.

This international symposium offers an invaluable opportunity for key stakeholders in the public and private sectors to assess the latest data protection developments and their practical implications for individual privacy, the digital economy and security. The event will discuss the changing relationship of the user to their data and its impact on the digital economy. Striking the balance between security and privacy concerns will also be addressed. Furthermore, the event will explore the interoperability of EU data protection regulation with privacy frameworks worldwide and solutions for overcoming current incompatibilities.

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