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We live in digital times and regulating for privacy is essential. Trust and innovation are the pillars of a better and more prosperous society.

The event was an exclusive dialogue between those who make the rules and those who develop products and services which took place on September 6th, from 12.00 to 13.30h, at the Members Salon of the European Parliament.

The expert panel was co-hosted by MEPs Marju Lauristin (S&D), Peter Kouroumbashev (S&D) and Daniel Dalton (ECR).

We brought together data protection officers, product and service developers and lawmakers for an open discussion on values, technology, growth and innovation. We debated, among others, the new e-Privacy Regulation and its interplay with existing law, including the General Data Protection Regulation.

The discussion was animated by:

  • the Rapporteur and Shadow Rapporteurs on ‘Respect for private life and the protection of personal data in electronic communications’ 2017/0003(COD)
  • Key Perm Reps
  • Despina Spanou, Director, Directorate H – Digital Society, Trust and Cybersecurity, DG Connect, European Commission
  • Lise Fuhr, Director General, ETNO
  • Claus Ulmer, Global Data Privacy Officer, Deutsche Telekom
  • Stefano Fratta, Legal Director Consumer Big Data, Telefónica
  • Magnus Franklin, Chief Correspondent, Telecomms, MLex, Moderator

The tech expert debate brought together the relevant MEPs, LIBE, JURI, IMCO and ITRE policy advisors from the political groups and committee secretariats, as well as Council, European Commission and perm reps players. Some relevant industry representatives participated as well, in order to have all three dimensions of the topic in the room.

The discussion is part of #Digital4Smarties, a series of thematic workshops on the chapters of the telecoms reform package, organised by EU40 and ETNO.

Pictures from the event are available at this LINK.

More information regarding the first workshop is available at this LINK.

An overview of the second workshop can be accessed via this LINK.

The main take-aways from the third workshop are available at this LINK.

Join the discussion on Twitter by using the hashtag #ePrivacy.