Data Protection Day Event

January 25,  2024 


On January 25, Mrs. Paulo attended the event organised by the Council of Europe (CoE), CPDP, and the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) to celebrate the Data Protection Day (January 28) in Brussels, Belgium.



The event brought together officials, industry leaders, and experts for a comprehensive exploration of the latest challenges in data protection and privacy. The conference focused on key themes, including Global Data Flows, Digital Governance, Regulating AI, and the Harmonization of GDPR procedures, aimed to address critical issues facing the realm of data protection.


Among the noteworthy panels at the event, Panel 3, titled “The Regulation of Global Data Flows: How can we foster more Interoperability?” gathered prominent speakers and experts in the field. Moderated by Olivier Matter from EDPS, the panel featured insights from Christopher Docksey (Honorary Director General, EDPS), Bruno Gencarelli (Head of International Affairs and Data Flows Unit, DG JUST, European Commission), Dr. Clarisse Girot (Head of the Data Governance & Privacy Unit, OECD), Peter Kimpian (Member of the Data Protection Unit, Council of Europe), and Chris Taylor (Director of International Regulatory Cooperation at the ICO and Chair of the GPA Global Frameworks and Standards Working Group). The discussion explored initiatives at national, regional, and international levels, including the Council of Europe, the OECD, the G7/G20 groups, and the Global Privacy Assembly. It went beyond theoretical considerations, addressing practical aspects such as Standard Contractual Clauses (SCCs), one of the most frequently used transfer tools.



In addition, the event covered various other panels, such as “Modernised Convention 108,” which stated the importance of amending Convention 108. The ratification of Convention 108+ remains the main priority for the 55 state Parties of Convention 108. This Protocol aims to intensify the convergence towards a high set of standards in the area of data protection and privacy globally. After completing 38 ratifications in 2024, it will enter into force. Another insightful panel was “Data-driven Practices through a Cross-regulatory Lens: the Future of Digital Governance,” which explored legislative proposals for regulating digital markets and technologies within the European Union.



The event concluded with closing remarks by the Belgian Presidency of the EU Council, a cocktail reception, and a special event at the Polish Permanent Representation to the EU, fostering valuable networking opportunities for attendees.




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