IPEN Webinar 2021 - “Synthetic data: what use cases as a privacy enhancing technology?”


IPEN webinar 2021

IPEN events bring together privacy experts and engineers from public authorities, industry, academia and civil society to discuss relevant challenges and developments for the technological implementation of data protection and privacy.

The EDPS cordially invites you to join the IPEN webinar 2021, to be held on:

Wednesday 16 June 2021, from 13.00 – 17:00

Kindly hosted by TU Delft on their Big Blue Button online learning platform.

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“Synthetic data: what use cases as a privacy enhancing technology?”

The workshop will focus on the use of “synthetic data” as a possible technology to mitigate data protection risks. Synthetic data are not “real life” data but are created from the real ones in a way that they can still be useful in context. In the current debate on the use and policing of Artificial Intelligence in the EU and elsewhere, the offer of synthetic data as a privacy enhancing technology has dramatically risen. The aim of the workshop is to explore possible use cases and relevant limitations, to raise awareness and better frame the potential of this technology.



12:40 –13:00    

The virtual room will open at 12:40 CET. Please connect in advance of the Welcome!

13:00 - 13:10


  • Introduction to the session, explaining format and content



Thomas Zerdick, EDPS


13:10 - 13:20




Wojciech Wiewiórowski, EDPS

13:20 - 15:55

Synthetic data and privacy: a practitioners’ view

Moderation: Massimo Attoresi

13:20 - 13:40


“Experiences Implementing Data Synthesis in a Global Life Sciences Company”



Stephen Bamford
Janssen R&D

13:40 - 13:50 Q&A  

13:50 - 14:35

“Synthesis: A Tool for Responsible Data Sharing”



Prof. Khaled El Emam, 
Ottawa University

14:35 - 14:45



14:45 - 15:00

Coffee break / coffee room


15:00 - 15:20

Florian Schroff 



15:20 - 15:40

“Safeguarding privacy: how to leverage synthetic data?”



Omar Ali Fdal, CEO and co-founder of Statice

15:40 - 15:55



15:55 - 16:30


Synthetic data as a privacy enhancing technology and the GDPR

Panel & Q/A



Moderation: Anna Colaps, EDPS


Dara Hallinan 
(FIZ Karlsruhe)

Kelsey Finch
(Future of Privacy Forum)

16:30 - 16:40

Session closing



Thomas Zerdick, EDPS

16:40 - 17:00

Networking Chat



The workshop is free of charge.

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The IPEN webinar takes place, as a tradition, the day before the beginning of the ENISA Annual Privacy Forum on 17 and 18 June 2021, which we warmly invite you to consider.