February 8, 2017

Privacy4Smarties: ePrivacy ins and outs with regulators, consumers and academic experts

The ePrivacy Directive, currently under revision by the European Commission, and the General Data Protection Regulation provide the legal framework to ensure digital privacy for EU citizens. The Commission is revising the ePrivacy Directive to align with the Digital Single Market Strategy.

In this context, EU40, the network of young MEPs, brought together the most important players in a 4Smarties roundtable debate on the 6th of March from 15.00 to 17.00h, at the European Parliament. MEP Jan Philipp Albrecht and MEP Axel Voss co-hosted the roundtable.

The debate brought together the relevant MEPs, LIBE, IMCO and ITRE policy advisors from the political groups and committee secretariats, as well as Council, European Commission and perm reps players, who participated, in order to debate this fascinating and contested topic. Industry representatives attended, next to consumers and academic experts in order to have all the dimensions of the topic inside the room and all the ingredients for a lively, real and honest debate. No boring speeches or already known facts!

It was a truly genuine and productive exchange of ideas and possible solutions which received a mention on the Digital Single Market Legislative Train Schedule website of the European Parliament! The debate took place in a small room, in order to enable an intensive, high level discussion, which was web-streamed, allowing a larger public outside the Brussels Bubble to view and comment.

The discussion was animated by: Cornelia Kutterer, Digital Policy Director, Microsoft, Dr. Ian Walden, Professor of Information and Communications Law, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London, Prof. Niko Haerting, Lawyer, Partner, Haerting Lawyers, Dr. Gwendal Le Grand, Director of Technology and Innovation, French Data Protection Agency, Jakob Greiner, Senior Manager European Affairs, Deutsche Telekom, Dr. Frederik Zuiderveen Borgesius, Institute for Information Law, University of Amsterdam, Joe McNamee, Executive Director, European Digital Rights, Laure Chapuis, Internet Rights, e-Privacy, Cabinet Member of Vice-President Andrus Ansip.

The debate was moderated by Magnus Franklin, Chief Correspondent, Telecoms, Media, IT at MLEX.

The recording of the discussion may be viewed below:

Our ‘4Smarties’ series of expert roundtables has become a household name in the Brussels Bubble and the content of the debates is widely published in expert circles.