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27 Sep 2018 to 28 Sep 2018





Event Description

Mass data created by digitisation is transforming the economy and creating new business models. The challenges paused by the Digital economy has become a key aspect of the Digital Single Market leading the European Commission to propose a certain number of initiatives aimed at facilitating the free flow and re-use of data and at creating a common data space in the EU. Following the adoption in September 2017 of a Regulation aimed at removing obstacles to the free movement of non-personal data, the European Commission has released on 25 April 2018 a new package of initiatives including a Proposal for a revision of the public sector information Directive, and other measures on access and sharing of scientific and private sector data.

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The ever-growing accumulation and use of digital data raises legal challenges for private and public entities as regards data ownership, the cross-border use and the protection of these data. The conference will look at the EU legal framework and its loopholes, and offer a platform for discussion on how to adapt the framework to the European data economy.

Key Topics

  • Proposed EU Regulation on the free flow of non-personal data (COM (2017)495)
  • Distinction between personal and non-personal data and their legal regimes online
  • Accessibility and reuse of public and publicly funded data, data sharing, and use of data for public-interest purposes
  • Competition law aspects: data concentration and market power of online platforms
  • Intellectual property, databases, trade secrets and other commercially confidential information 
  • Future EU strategy to encourage access to, fair use and sharing of Big Data
  • The proposed EU e-Privacy Regulation: consequences for Big Data

Who should attend?

EU and national civil servants, lawyers specialised in intellectual property, IT and data protection, in-house lawyers of entities collecting and selling data, data-based products and services and connected devices


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Language: English

Organiser: Academy of European Law (ERA), Florence Hartmann-Vareilles

Event number: 218D48



Malte Beyer-Katzenberger, Policy Officer, Big Data Unit, DG CNET, European Commission, Brussels

Michael Dorner, Counsel, CMS, Munich

Lanah Kammourieh Donnelly, Public Policy Manager, Google, Paris

Lokke Moerel, Professor, University of Tilburg, Senior Of Counsel, Morrison & Foerster, Berlin

Julia Reda, Member of the European Parliament, Brussels

Cyril Ritter, Case Handler, DG COMP, European Commission, Brussels

Alain Strowel, Professor of Intellectual Property and Media Law, UCL Louvain and University Saint-Louis; Lawyer at the Brussels Bar

Benoit Van Asbroeck, Partner, Bird & Bird, Brussels

Ian Walden, Professor of Information and Communications Law, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London

Christiane Wendehorst, Professor of Civil Law, University of Vienna; President, European Law Institute (ELI)

Representative, DG GROW, European Commission, Brussels