This week, we will see a very busy Data Protection Day.
I have counted approximately 11 events alone in Brussels, including an exhibition, a party, two award ceremonies, four policy conferences and an artistic slide show event (aka Pecha Kucha) before, on and after 28 January (and likely there are more). For those interested to see an overview, I would recommend downloading this beautiful booklet which was produced to celebrate Data Protection Day 2010 and lists all events taking place. It also contains thought provoking art imagery and read articles on privacy.
In the afternoon of 28 January, the THINK PRIVACY conference will take place at the European Parliament. The keynote speech will be held by Commissioner Reding and I cannot think of a better timing to put forward her ambitions on the future of privacy than on the commemorating day itself. The future of privacy is also the title of the second panel. I am pretty sure it will not only be informative but also entertaining to get the views of Willem Debeuckelare (Belgian DPA Commissioner), Dan Cooper (Convington and Burling), Marc Rotenberg (EPIC) and Paul de Hert (VUB) on how the future of privacy looks like for them. My personal hope is that the discussion will bring forward new ideas and approaches to achieve more legal certainty for data to flow while being protected.
Last but not least, we will also announce the winners of the THINK PRIVACY video competition from the nominated Romanian, Danish, Bulgarian, Polish and Lithuanian teams of our Data Protection Day event. To give you a flavour, click here.
The full agenda is available on here