In March 2014 the EDPS published a Preliminary Opinion on 'Privacy and competitiveness in the age of big data: The interplay between data protection, competition law and consumer protection in the Digital Economy'. The paper has helped stimulate discussions between policy makers, regulators and specialists across these policy areas. The EDPS hosted a workshop in Brussels on 2 June, attended by experts from the European Commission, national regulators, academics and NGOs, as well as the US Federal Trade Commission. A report summarising the themes of this discussion, which was held under the Chatham House Rule, is available below.
> Report of workshop on Privacy, Consumers, Competition and Big Data, 2 June 2014
The EDPS with the European Academy of Law will hold a workshop on 24 September 2015 in Brussels, to go deeper into these issues. Topic for the event, 'Competition Rebooted: Enforcement and Personal Data in Digital Markets' will include:
Two events supported by EDPS took place in January and February 2015 to take forward discussions on the issues raised in the Preliminary Opinion and the June 2014 workshop.
> Privacy Platform meeting on 'Privacy and Competition in the Digital Economy’, 1-2.30pm, 21 January 2015, at Les Halles de Schaerbeek, Rue Royale-Sainte-Marie 22, 1030 Brussels, Belgium. Giovanni Buttarelli’s speaking points are available here.
> Concurrences half-day seminar on "Antitrust, Privacy & Big Data", 12.30pm, 3 February 2015 at the offices of Cadwalader, 22-28 Avenue d’Auderghem, 1040 Brussels’s Brussels Office. Giovanni Buttarelli’s speaking points are available here
40th Meeting of the Data Protection Officers and the European Data Protection Supervisor at European Union Intellectual Property Office, Alicante, Spain. Check the agenda.
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Adopted Resolutions at 38th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners, Marrakesh, Morocco.
Giovanni Buttarelli attends the conference New Instruments to Promote the Correct Application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, University of Florence, Florence, Italy
40th DPO meeting hosted by European Union Intellectual Property Office, Introductory speech by Wojciech Wiewiórowski, Alicante, Spain
Giovanni Buttarelli meeting with Andrus Ansip, Vice-President of the European Commission, Commissioner for Digital Single Market, Brussels, Belgium
Giovanni Buttarelli meeting with Ambassador Marlene Bonnici, Permanent Representation of Malta to the European Union, Brussels, Belgium
VII edition of the Diplomacy Festival, The season of uncertainties. In search of new policies for the Coexistence and Integration, Giovanni Buttarelli participates in the debate on Privacy shield: data exchange and trade relations EU-US, Rome, Italy
38th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners: Opening new territories for privacy, Keynote speech by Giovanni Buttarelli, Adequacy, Localization and Cultural Determinism, Marrakesh, Morocco
ISC GDPR Seminar: The Impact of the General Data Protection Regulation on collaborative science in Europe, Speech by Giovanni Buttarelli on Implications of the GDPR on Science and Research (via a video link), Brussels, Belgium
Technology, Challenges and Effective Governance, IAF/FPF Side Event at ICDPPC, Speech by Giovanni Buttarelli on The Future of Technology and Data Governance, Marrakesh, Morocco