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
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Fablab on GDPR, Participation of Wojciech Wiewiórowski and Giovanni Buttarelli, Brussels, Belgium
Extraordinary Plenary Session of the Article 29 Working Party, Participation of Giovanni Buttarelli, Brussels, Belgium
45th Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities Forum, Participation and speeches of Giovanni Buttarelli on Update on EU GDPR and Calibrating Privacy Principles to a Big Data and Digital Society, Singapore
Launch of EU Data Protection Whitepaper, British Chamber of Commerce in Denmark, Keynote speech by Giovanni Buttarelli, Brussels, Belgium
Marketing and profiling in the European Union, participation and speeches by Giovanni Buttarelli and Wojciech Wiewiórowski, Brussels, Belgium
Privacy Laws & Business Annual International Conference, Wojciech Wiewiórowski in panels on Privacy terms and conditions and How data protection rules should be enforced in tandem with competition and consumer policy, Cambridge, UK
Confindustria Radio Televisioni General Assembly 2016, Giovanni Buttarelli in a panel on Authority, Markets and Rights, Rome, Italy
Reframing Data Transparency, Wojciech Wiewiórowski in a Roundtable Discussion organised by the Centre for Information Policy Leadership and Telefónica, London, UK