This was the Privacy Conference 2017

How to reach a common practice on privacy in a globally connected and digital economy was the key question at this year’s Privacy Conference in Berlin.

The motto of the event, which took place at Kalkscheune Berlin on 22 September, was “Dare the Leap!“. More than 200 people attended, passionately discussing possible measures and best practices when dealing with the latest privacy issues.

The program was opened by Barbara Thiel, Data Protection Officer of Land Niedersachsen. When talking about the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) she said: “Data Protection Authorities will play crucial role so that the GDPR achieves its goal of data protection.”

From her point of view data protection through technology will become of greater significance in the future.” With her keynote, Barbara Thiel gave impulses for further discussion about the implementation of the GPDR throughout the conference day.

General Data Protection Regulation e-Privacy Regulation were key issues

Aside from the General Data Protection Regulation, the second major issue at the Privacy Conference was the E-Privacy Regulation.

Jan Philipp Albrecht, spokesperson for Justice and Home Affairs of the Greens/EFA in the European Parliament, laid out his stance on the issue of e-Privacy. He stressed the need for European Single Market for Electronic Communication.

Subsequently, law enforcement and multilateral legal assistance treaties as well as data transfers to third countries were being discussed extensively.

Workshop sessions on legal issues and practical matters

In the afternoon, the participants could choose between two interactive workshop tracks, in which concrete case studies and solutions were presented:  Data Mapping in GDPR , Methodologies for Risk Assessment and Data Protection Impact Assessment, Codes of Conduct and Certification, Practical Approaches to Privacy by Design and by Default, New Obligations for Data Processors Controllers as well as a best of pseudonymization and anonymization techniques .

The closing panel debated the question what kind of data policy and ethical principles wee would need for a livable digital society.

All those attending the conference ended the day with an evening of casual networking at Kalkscheune Berlin.

Save the date: Next year’s Privacy Conference will take place on 27 September 2018. Get your discounted ticket here until 29 Sept. 2017.


Find more conference impressions in our review.