In a period in which the new Regulation on Data Protection was on the way, EU40 and Vodafone jointly hosted a luncheon on “Building an Accountability Framework for Data Protection: Experiences from the Telecoms Industry” on the 27th of March 2013 at the European Parliament’s Members’ Salon.
With welcome and introductory notes by Nadja Hirsch, EU40 Member of the European Parliament, Rapporteur on the Data Protection Regulation in the Employment Committee and Thomas Ellerbeck, Director Corporate Affairs, Vodafone Germany, the other speakers on the panel were:
Renate Schmidt, Ombudswoman for Data Protection, Vodafone Deutschland and former Family Minister and speaker of the house in the German Parliament
Richard Szostak, Data Protection Expert – Cabinet of EU Commission Vice-President Viviane Reding
Stephen Deadman, Head of Legal – Privacy, Security & Content Standards, Vodafone Group
The importance of building a climate based on trust when dealing with data protection was highlighted several times during the debate and there was also room for thought provoking questions. “What does an external ombudswoman for data protection do within a company?”, raised the attention of many of the participants and opened the way towards witty remarks.
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