EU data protection reform focus of ICC expert workshop

  • 21 February 2013

ICC data protection experts organized an interactive workshop in Brussels yesterday to exchange views on data protection regulation issues and to promote ICC’s views on the European Union’s (EU) proposed data protection reform package.

The German-language workshop was attended by over 100 representatives of companies, business associations and governmental institutions. Panellists included Axel Voss, member of the European Parliament; Paul Nemitz, Directorate-General Justice of the European Commission; Barbara Kirchberg-Lennartz, Data Protection Officer of the Deutsche Lufthansa; Jyn Schultze-Melling, Data Protection Officer of Allianz, and Angelika Pohlenz, Secretary General of ICC Germany. 

The workshop’s moderator Christopher Kuner, Co-Chair of the ICC Commission on the Digital Economy’s Task Force on Privacy and Personal Data Protection, said: “The protection of fundamental rights and the promotion of innovation and economic progress are defining goals of EU data protection and privacy efforts. Business appreciated the opportunity to exchange views at this workshop and to explain how the data protection rights of citizens can be strengthened without hindering innovation and economic growth.”

The data protection event, organized jointly by ICC, ICC Germany and Deutsche Bank, brought together German-speaking regulatory authorities and policymakers at the Brussels representative office of the German federal state of Baden-Wurttemberg.

The workshop provided a valuable opportunity to pursue an active exchange between EU regulators and ICC experts, and to expand ICC’s long-term contribution to EU data protection issues.

For more information on ICC’s recommendations read the ICC media release on EU data law could hamper economic recovery unless proposed regulations are improved, says ICC.

For more information on ICC’s work on privacy and data protection visit the ICC Task Force on Privacy and Personal Data Protection.