Tuesday, 20 September 2011

19: 00


(participation by invitation only)

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

09.00–09.30 Registration

Official Opening of the Conference


Working Session I – Effectiveness of personal data protection principles in the changing world.

Deep changes of the contemporary world related to IT technologies development and globalization have not led to negating the importance of the personal data protection principles existing so far; they have rather entailed a question on the way of ensuring their effectiveness in the new environment. New concepts and principles formulated in the recent years shall be a reply to this question. While continuing a discussion initiated at the Conference in Budapest, it is worth deepening an analysis of some of them, not only from the legislative perspective, but also from the perspective of the future practice. They include the principle of privacy by design, privacy enhancing technologies, PIA, or related accountability principle. Will these concepts be a mythical Holy Grail or will their implementation ensure effectiveness of personal data protection, or will they remain just empty slogans? Do the so far experiences with implementation of PETs allow for optimism? What are the conditions for success? On the other hand, the European Commission proposes introducing the right to be forgotten. Is it a new right, when can it be used and be workable? This panel is aimed at exploring these issues.



11.30–11.45 Coffee Break

Working Session II – current and future framework of personal data protection in the police and justice.

While awaiting completion of the process of revision of Convention 108 and Recommendation R(87) 15, as well as presentation of the new framework of personal data protection in the EU, it’s worth to summarize the current legislative changes, as well as ongoing discussions, and reflect on the present and the future shape of the model of data protection in the area of police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters. Application of general rules or special “tailor made” rules, the relationship between the future legal framework and special protection systems (eg. within Europol), the scope of the modification of common data protection principles in this sector, the future model of supervision, or a way to demonstrate the necessity and proportionality of new instruments for the exchange of information - are questions that the panelists will try to answer.


  • Dr. Filip Jasiński, Chairman of the GENVAL Working Party of the EU Council for PNR/TFTS


13.15–14.15 Lunch break

Working Session III – European data protection standards as a benchmark for others – practical experience, problems and future directions of action.

Undoubtedly, global challenges require global solutions. Hence the desire to pursue the creation of common standards for data protection and promotion of all initiatives to this end is understandable. Europe has been and should continue to be the driver of such activities, as evidenced by the opening of membership to Convention No. 108 to countries outside of the Council of Europe or the launch of the Madrid process aimed at developing universally recognized principles of data protection. Mindful of these far-reaching goals, sight should not be lost of the ongoing implementation process – influenced by both the Council of Europe and the European Union – of the regulations on personal data protection in additional countries. This process is not easy and still requires various forms of support and involvement of numerous institutions and organizations, including, in particular, data protection authorities, which have inter alia created various forums of cooperation with authorities of these countries. This panel is an attempt to assess past experiences, identify core problems and the most effective forms of support, as well as directions for further action.


  • Peter Schaar, Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information, Germany



Closing Remarks

Peter Hustinx, European Data Protection Supervisor


End of the Conference


Conference programme (pdf)