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Trans-Atlantic data flows: in search of a long-term solution (CPDP)


Trans-Atlantic data flows: in search of a long-term solution


January 29, 08:45 - 10:00 Petite Halle, Les Halles de Schaerbeek, Brussels More info about CPDP conference At the CPDP conference, Marietje Schaake will participate in the panel about 'Trans-Atlantic data flows: in search of a long-term solution'

Chair Laure Wagener, Grand Duchy Of Luxembourg Permanent Representation to the European Union (EU)

Moderator Duncan Robinson, Financial Times (UK)


  • Jason Biros, US Mission to the EU (US)
  • Linda Corugedo-Steneberg, EC DG CNECT (EU)
  • Chris Hopfensperger, BSA | The Software Alliance (US)
  • Marietje Schaake, MEP (EU)

The panel will discuss the long-term future of data transfers between the US and the EU. Even though everyone anticipates the Safe Harbor 2.0 agreement in the coming months, it will be just a first step towards creating a stable and permanent framework facilitat- ing US-EU data transfers, which are growing expo- nentially due to the increasing role of data in business and people’s lives. The panel will look into potential solutions that could facilitate the transfers in the future and bolster stability and certainty in the market – es- sential for the growth and innovation of the technology industry. During the discussion, the speakers will ana- lyze the lessons learned from the Safe Harbor devel- opments, the surveillance story as well as the use of the alternative legal options to transfer data between the EU and the US. Specifically, the panel will discuss:

  • The importance of finding a stable and permanent solution looking beyond Safe Harbor 2.0, which could survive future legal challenges and provide certainty to users and industry;
  • The lessons learned over the last decade that led to the current situation, which will have to be taken into account when trying to establish a new legal framework (i.e. enforcement, monitoring, national security issues etc.);
  • The challenges faced by industry in adopting new legal changes and in finding new business solutions to continue operating and providing services in Europe;
  • The long term future of transatlantic data transfers taking into account the vast growth of such data driven technologies as cloud and IoT.
About CPDP

CPDP is a non-profit platform originally founded in 2007 by research groups from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, the Université de Namur and Tilburg University. The platform was joined in the following years by the Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique and the Fraunhofer Institut für System und Innovationsforschung and has now grown into a platform carried by 20 academic centers of excellence from the EU, the US and beyond. As a world-leading multidisciplinary conference CPDP offers the cutting edge in legal, regulatory, academic and technological development in privacy and data protection. Within an atmosphere of independence and mutual respect, CPDP gathers academics, lawyers, practitioners, policy-makers, industry and civil society from all over the world in Brussels, offering them an arena to exchange ideas and discuss the latest emerging issues and trends. This unique multidisciplinary formula has served to make CPDP one of the leading data protection and privacy conferences in Europe and around the world.

This 9th edition of CPDP will celebrate World Privacy Day with several dedicated panels and side events. CPDP2016 wants to dig deeper into current information infrastructures and the new invisibilities and visibilities this entails and includes topics such as internet of things, big data, encryption, privacy and innovation, data protection developments in Japan and Asia and of course the EU data protection reform.