The Supervisor participates in a wide range of conferences and meetings. He is also invited to contribute editorials to newspapers, magazines and journals. You can find his speeches and articles, as well as our speaking engagements policy, in this section.
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.
Saturday 9 May 2020 marks the 70th anniversary of the 'Schuman declaration'. At a speech in Paris in 1950, Robert Schuman, the then French foreign minister, set out his idea for a new form of political cooperation in Europe, which would make war between Europe's nations unthinkable.
Schuman's proposal is considered to be the beginning of what is now the European Union and so 9 May is also known as Europe Day. Every year, the EU institutions typically open their doors to the public for the occasion and celebrate peace and unity across the continent.
This year however, with the spread of Covid-19, the world faces a public health crisis. Therefore, the European Data Protection Supervisor, like all the European Institutions, will not be able to personally showcase the work we do or interact with the public on our stand at EU Open Day as in past years.
Instead, to commemorate Europe Day and to highlight the importance of the right to data protection even in times of crisis, we bring you a fun quiz.
Test your knowledge with the EDPS Privacy Quiz 2020!
Date: Monday 27 January 2020
Time: 12.00-14.00 (light lunch provided)
Building: Paul-Henri Spaak, The European Parliament, 60 rue Wiertz - B-1047 Brussels
Room: PHS 01 A 002
12.00 - 12.30 Lunch
12.30 - 12.35 Opening remarks by Supervisor, Wojciech Wiewiórowski
12.35 - 13.35 Discussion moderated by Christian D’Cunha, Head of EDPS Private Office, with speakers from Facebook, the Future for Privacy Forum, and BEUC.
13:35 - 13.55 Q&A with the audience
13.55 - 14.00 Closing remarks by Isabelle Vereecken, Head of the European Data Protection Board
As a society, we are increasingly wary of the way our personal information is being used. Certain recent landmark events have jolted many of us to reconsider our data habits. Yet the majority of us are still in the dark about the issues surrounding our personal data - are we really aware of how much personal data we upload every day, (un)intentionally creating profiles or “data doubles”? How many of these data doubles do we create and who controls them? What happens to our data when we die? These are the questions that we will explore on the day. With expert speakers including the Supervisor, Wojciech Wiewiórowski, participating in the conference, we will all be better equipped to understand these issues and develop a transparent and fully-functioning relationship with our data. We look forward to welcoming you.
Please note that registration for this event is currently reserved for trainees of the European Institutions. You can read the data protection notice for the event here. For queries please contact EDPS-Events@edps.europa.eu.
The annual Computers, Privacy and Data Protection (CPDP) International Conference has been confirmed for 22-24 January 2020! The event will be held at Les Halles de Schaerbeek and Area42 in Brussels and focus on the theme of Data Protection and Artificial Intelligence, paving the way for a thorough discussion on a broad range of ethical, legal and policy issues related to new technologies and data analytics.
CPDP offers the cutting edge in legal, regulatory, academic and technological development in privacy and data protection. It gathers together academics, lawyers, practitioners, policy-makers, computer scientists and civil society to exchange ideas and discuss the latest trends and emerging issues. Each year, CPDP offers a compelling and diverse line up of speakers and panels, making it one of the leading data protection and privacy conferences in Europe and around the world.
There will be more than 80 panels addressing current debates in the areas of information technology, privacy and data protection, some examples being panels on AI and healthcare, autonomous vehicles, AI-based sentiment analysis, deepfakes, digital evidence, AI for crime prevention and GDPR compliance for SMEs. CPDP is also an extraordinary networking opportunity to mix and mingle with the privacy and data protection community.
The programme and registration information can be found at http://www.cpdpconferences.org/
You can follow CPDP on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube and participate in the online conversation with the hashtag #CPDP2020
For videos from past conferences, visit the YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/user/CPDPConferences
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