The Supervisor and Assistant Supervisor participate in a wide range of conferences and meetings. They are also invited to contribute editorials to newspapers, magazines and journals. You can find their speeches and articles, as well as our speaking engagements policy, in this section.
EDPS - EDPB Trainees Conference July 2021
“An Orwellian Premonition: a discussion on the perils of biometric surveillance”
On April 21st 2021, the European Commission presented its Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down harmonised roles on Artificial Intelligence (AI). In the Joint Opinion 5/2021 of the EDPB and the EDPS it is stressed that the Proposal has important data protection and privacy implications. With a focus on biometric surveillance, the EDPS and EDPB trainees explore possible implications stemming from the Commission's Proposal and invite you to participate in an engaging discussion.
The EDPS and EDPB adopt a strong stance on AI in their Joint Opinion, calling for a general ban on any use of AI for an automated recognition of human features in publicly accessible spaces and on biometric categorisation, noting that it affects human dignity to have a computer predict or classify individuals’ future behaviour without their consent.
It is on the back of this heightened call to action that the trainees wish to shed further light on the the perils associated with the use of biometric surveillance.
Against this backdrop, the EDPS and EDPB trainees invite you to their conference entitled “An Orwellian Premonition: a discussion on the perils of biometric surveillance”.
In case you missed the event you can watch it here.
14:30 - 14:45
Welcome and Opening remarks
Wojciech Wiewiórowski, European Data Protection Supervisor
14:45 - 15:05
Presentation of the EDPS-EDPB Joint Opinion
Vitor Bernado, EDPS (Technology & Privacy Unit)
15:05 - 16:00
Moderation: Isabel Hahn, EDPS Trainee
16:00 - 16:30
Q&A Session to the Panel
|16:30 - 16:45||Session closing||
Gwendal Le Grand, CNIL Deputy Secretary-General
Taline Akkaya, EDPS Trainee
The webinar is a public event and free of charge.
The webinar will be recorded. If you do not want to be recorded as a participant, simply mute your audio and disable your video.
To find out how we process your personal data, please read the Data Protection Notice.
For any other enquiry, please contact EDPS-Events@edps.europa.eu.
On Monday 25 January from 14:30-16:50, the EDPS will host an online side event in the margins of the 2021 CPDP conference: Data for the public good: building a healthier digital future.
Our aim is to assess, in broad terms, the impact of measures taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and identify ways in which data can be used to be better prepared for the next one.
The online event will comprise two sessions and engage experts from the public health community in the EU and other international organisations to consider:
1) Which of the current emergency measures will remain and become our “new normal”?
What are the criteria that define the need for a temporary emergency measure? How do we determine when it is no longer necessary? What measures taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic have and haven’t worked? Can an assessment already be done? How did data enhance the effectiveness of the measures? Were the measures necessary and proportionate?
Our distinguished speakers for this session are Professor Pieter Van Cleynenbreugel, EU substantive law, Liege Competition and Innovation Institute; Dr Andrea Ammon, Director, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control; Mr Vincent Cassard, Deputy Head of the Data Protection Office, International Committee of the Red Cross; and Ms Iverna McGowan, Director, Europe Centre for Democracy and Technology.
2) How can we ensure a safer and healthier digital future?
How can data be used to be better prepared for the next pandemic? How should data be used to further contain and increase societal resilience in case of future outbreaks? What types of technologies and sensors are likely to become more prevalent and what impact would this have on data protection? When is data use in the public interest? How can we mitigate the potential adverse effects for fundamental rights in the long term? How can we promote digital solidarity so that data and technology works for all people in Europe, especially the most vulnerable?
Tackling these questions are our esteemed speakers Mr Peter Arlett, Head of Data Analytics and Methods Task Force and Ms Sabine Brosch, Data Protection Coordinator, Clinical Studies and Manufacturing Task Force, European Medicines Agency; Ms Ioana Maria Gligor, Head of Unit European Reference Networks and digital health and Ms Isabelle Chatelier, Policy Officer, Data and digital health, DG SANTE, European Commission; and Professor Olaf Klungel, Pharmacoepidemiologic Methods and head of the division of Pharmacoepidemiology & Clinical Pharmacology, Utrecht University.
Join us in this pertinent discussion on how data protection can enhance the efforts of genuine scientific research and better understand the needs for epidemiological surveillance.
- Presentation by the European Commission on the European Health Data Space
- Presentation by the European Medicine Agency: Healthcare data in medicines regulation
- Presentation by prof. Olaf Klungel, University of Utrecht: Routine Health Care Data as a resource for Post-Approval Safety and Effectiveness Assessment of Medicines
The EDPS will host an online edition of the Data Protection Workshop within International Organisations, on the afternoons of 8 & 9 October 2020.
This workshop, initiated by the EDPS in 2005, aims to bring together international organisations to:
- Share experience and best practice in the field of data protection and analyse its impact as part of good governance within international organisations;
- Summarise the most recent regulatory developments at international level in the area of privacy and data protection and analyse the potential implications of such developments for international organisations;
- Analyse the state of play of data protection within international organisations;
- Discuss the progress made since the last workshop.
In light of the continuing public health crisis around the world, the theme of this year’s workshop is Data protection in international organisations in times of crisis. Topics to be discussed include the impact of the pandemic for the protection of personal health data in a humanitarian context, remote working, contact tracing apps, level of preparedness and lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic and new developments and best practices to facilitate transfers to international organisations.
The Trainees of the European Data Protection Supervisor and European Data Protection Board invite you to the first virtual Trainees’ Conference, to be held on:
Tuesday 7 July 2020, from 15:00 to 16:30 (CEST)
Data protection in the age of Covid-19
Yesterday - Today - Tomorrow
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic constitutes one of the largest global public health crises in a century, and it poses daunting health and socioeconomic challenges throughout the world.
The aim of the webinar is to address how our right to data protection is affected during the crisis, examine the repercussions of the measures taken to fight the virus so far, and explore their long-term impact on our fundamental rights.
15.05 - 15.15 Wojciech Wiewiórowski EDPS
15.15 - 15.30 Christopher Kuner Brussels Privacy Hub
15.30 - 15.45 María Paz Canales Derechos Digitales
15.45 - 16.00 Gary Davis Apple
16.00 - 16.20 Anna Colaps EDPS
16.20 - 16.30 Isabelle Vereecken EDPB
The webinar is addressed to trainees of the EU institutions and it is free of charge.
Additional audience may be granted access according to the availability of the platform.
Please consult this page for more technical details about the event.
The Hague Forum for Cloud Contracting
The Hague Forum for Cloud Contracting was established by the participants of the first EU software and cloud suppliers' customer council (EU institutions and bodies, public authorities of Member States and international organisations) in The Hague on 29 August 2019. The aim of the forum is to discuss both how to take back control over IT services and products offered by big IT service providers and how contractual practice can be modified to meet this need. This meeting is a further step towards a joint European procurement approach to software and cloud suppliers operating in the EU. Topics that we would like to discuss include the following elements of cloud services: privacy, security, contractual standardisation and strategic procurement.
Second meeting of The Hague Forum
The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) in co-operation with the Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security (Strategic Vendor Management Microsoft) and the European Commission organises a virtual meeting of the Hague Forum on 2 July 2020 between 09h30-13h00.
The event, initially planned for 18 March, had to be postponed because of the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Programme and participants
The agenda will include high-level presentations from the European Data Protection Supervisor, the Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security and the European Commission represented by DG CONNECT and DG DIGIT.
The event will be opened by Mr. Wojciech Wiewiórowski, the European Data Protection Supervisor. At this occasion, the EDPS will present its Findings and Recommendations on the use of Microsoft products and services by Union institutions, bodies, offices. Mr Campolargo, acting Director General of DG DIGIT of the European Commission will present how to ensure compliance in practice with the recommendations of the EDPS and applicable data protection legislation. Mr Paul van den Berg, the Strategic Vendor Manager Microsoft for the Dutch Government will analyse the compliance of the new Microsoft Online Service Terms 2020 with the GDPR. DG CONNECT will be represented by Mr Pearse O’Donohue, Director for ‘Future Networks’ and by Mr Pierre Chastanet, Head of Unit ‘Cloud & Software’ who will present the European Cloud Federation initiative.
The event is by invitation only and open to strategic supplier management in EU Member States, to EU institutions, bodies, agencies, international organisations, NGO’s and other public sector organisations. We will not invite any representatives from the industry or other private sectors.
Participants already registered for the event planned in March can confirm their interest by sending an e-mail to EDPS-Events@edps.europa.eu.
Should you wish to register now, please fill out the form on the website of Strategic Vendor Management Microsoft for the Dutch Government.