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LIVE PANEL DEBATE – Can the next EU regulation guarantee data protection for all?

January 20, 2015 -

  • Live panel debate “Can the next EU regulation guarantee data protection for all?” on Tuesday 20 January

The European Parliament has agreed its text, the Commission is satisfied with the latest draft, so now we’re are only waiting for the Council of member states to work out what they do and do not want in the new Data Protection Regulation. Trialogue talks are notoriously tricky and the data protection regulation will be trickier than most. It was famously the most heavily lobbied piece of legislation to pass through the European Parliament in recent years. That the Parliament was able to agree a position so quickly was an amazing feat. The Council members are expected to reach their joint position in early 2015, so it is timely to take a look at how the debate is shaping up. As a Regulation it will have a huge impact on national laws and the knock on effect to business may be substantial.

The Panellists

Paul Nemitz

Director – Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, DG JUST, European Commission

Paul F. Nemitz is the Director responsible for Fundamental rights and Union citizenship in the Directorate-General Justice of the European Commission.

Before joining DG Justice, he held posts in the Legal Service of the Commission, the Cabinet of Commissioner Nielson, and in the Directorates General for Trade, Transport and Maritime Affairs. He has a broad experience as agent of the Commission in litigation before the European Courts and he has published extensively on EU law.

Nemitz was admitted to the Bar in Hamburg and for a short time was a teaching assistant at Hamburg University. He obtained a Master of Comparative Law from George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C., where he was a Fulbright grantee. He also passed the first and second cycle of the Strasburg Faculty for comparative law, with the support of a grant by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).


AlbrechtJan Philipp Albrecht MEP

Greens Group, Rapporteur Data Protection Regulation and Vice-Chair of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE)

Jan Philipp Albrecht is spokesperson for Justice and Home Affairs of the Greens/EFA in the European Parliament. During his first mandate between 2009 and 2014 he was a member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) and a substitute member of the Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI).

From December 2012 to October 2013 he was the Green group’s coordinator in the Special Committee on Organised Crime, Corruption and Money Laundering (CRIM). He was rapporteur for the opinion of the Committee on Legal Affairs on the proposal for a directive on the right of access to a lawyer in 2011.

From 2003 until his election to the European Parliament in 2009, Jan Philipp Albrecht studied law in Bremen, Berlin and Brussels and specialised in IT law at the Universities of Hanover and Oslo. Since 1999 Jan Philipp Albrecht has committed himself to the Greens in a wide range of contexts. Thanks to his efforts to promote data protection, the former federal spokesman of the Young Greens in Germany (2006 – 2008) has rapidly gained a reputation within the European Parliament as an expert on home affairs, justice and legal affairs. Jan Philipp Albrecht was born on 20 December 1982 in Braunschweig


walshePat Walshe

Director of Privacy, Public Policy, GSMA

Pat currently works in the Public Policy Department of the GSM Association and is the global lead for the GSMA’s privacy related policy issues.

Pat has over sixteen years experience in data protection, privacy, interception and disclosure law and regulatory policy in the fixed, mobile and Internet sectors. Pat has developed and led mobile industry initiatives that seek to ensure privacy is designed into products, services and business processes and that have produced globally applicable privacy principles, mobile application privacy design guidelines and an accountability framework. Pat continues to work on range of global initiatives that are user centred and that embed privacy from a cultural, technical and business process perspective.

Pat has a degree in Social Anthropology and Development and holds privacy and information security audit qualifications. He has served on the International Standard Organisation’s Privacy Steering Committee and is a member of the British Computer Society. He is also a member of the Global Pulse Privacy Advisory Group on big data, a member of an external ethics panel for a leading mobile operator on the use of big data for development, and also sits on the international advisory board for the Adaptive Security and Privacy project.

Moderated by leading tech journalist Jennifer Baker

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