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Data Protection for the Digital Age

A Greens/EFA hearing



Welcome and introduction

Jan Philipp Albrecht, MEP

Panel 1: The Right to be Forgotten, or: How to Exercise User Rights?

Topics / Questions:

  • How to enhance and enforce user rights on data protection in the information age? 
  • Which rights do we need to have a technology-neutral approach that holds for the next 20 years? 
  • Does the R2BF really make sense, and what does it mean for freedom of expression and historians?

 Moderator : Christian Engström, MEP

Speakers :

  • Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, Oxford Internet Institute 
  • Joris van Hoboken, Institute for Information Law, University of Amsterdam
  • Anna Fielder, Privacy International
  • Peter Hustinx, European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS)

Panel 2: Code as Law? Technological Approaches and Privacy-Driven Technology Development

Topics / Questions:

  • Which kind of regulatory environment is needed to enhance the usage of Privacy-Enhancing Technologies (PETs)?
  • Do we need more clarity for Privacy by Design / Privacy by Default?
  • Can "Do Not Track" and similar technical protocols reconcile usability with informed choices of users? (Why did earlier approaches such as P3P fail, and can they be re-born?) 
  • How to get privacy impact assessment regulations right?

Moderator: Amelia Andersdotter, MEP


  • Seda Gürses, Katholic University of Leuven
  • Alain Pannetrat, French Data Protection Authority (CNIL)
  • Rigo Wenning, Legal Counsel and Privacy Activity Lead, World Wide Web Consortium 
  • Rosa Barcelo, European Commission, DG Information Society

Panel 3: Police Data Sharing and Access to Corporate Databases

Topics / Questions:

  • The patchwork of data protection rules for member states and EU agencies in this field 
  • How to get political momentum for better data protection in the field of law enforcement?
  • What is and should be the relation between the principle of access (Swedish initiative) and data protection rules?
  • How to turn around the trend to ever more data collection and retention
  • What is really necessary and proportionate?

Moderator: Judith Sargentini, MEP


  • Franziska Boehm, University of Luxembourg
  • Caspar Bowden, independent privacy advocate and EDRi observer
  • Katarzyna Szymielewicz, Panoptikon Foundation and EDRi vice-president 

Closing Remarks
: Jan Philipp Albrecht, MEP

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