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Thursday, April 28, 2016 - Conference on the Protection of Personal Data


On April 28, 2016, from 13:30 to 17:15 Len Hawkes will chair a half-day conference on reform of EU data protection legislation entitled: "The General Data Protection Regulation & Safe Harbor - Where are we now?"

One of the major initiatives of the Juncker Commission on the "Digital Single Market" is the reform of the existing EU data protection Directive which dates from 1995.

After four years of negotiations, MEPs voted through a new general regulation on data protection on 14th April during the European Parliament’s Strasbourg plenary.

On the previous day, 13th April 2016, the “Article 29 Working Party” (whose members are principally from member states’ National DP Agencies) delivered its opinion on the so called 'Privacy Shield' intended to govern EU-US data flows. In its October 2015 Schrems judgment, the European Court of Justice found that the European Commission’s decision to accept the adequacy of the previous system, known as 'Safe Harbor', was illegal.

The conference, which will be held in English, asks whether after these latest developments the fierce data protection debate is now heading into calmer waters?


1 "GDPR” (the General Data Protection Regulation);
2 "Privacy Shield” (adequacy and compliance issues);
3 "Debate".

The panel of speakers:

Chris Sherwood, Allegro Group;
Isabelle Vereecken
CPVP-CBPL, Belgian Privacy Commission;
Mark Blunden, Partner, Boyes Turner Technology Group (UK);
Raffaele Zallone, Professor of Information Technology and Internet Law at Luigi Bocconi University, Milan.

Further details: are in the .pdf reply form here.

To take advantage of our offer, mention the promotion code “INT” when you complete the registration form. You will receive a 40% discount for all registrations (€225 excl. VAT instead of €375 excl. VAT). Please return your completed registration form to the attention of France Noiret, Conference Manager at IFE ( fnoiret@ifexecutives.com ).


You can also visit the conference organizer’s web-page here.