European Data Protection Reform

The Europuls Association together with Aspen Institute Romania had the pleasure of organizing the „European Data Protection Reform Package" workshop, within the Eurosfat event, on March 15, 2013 at the Palace of Parliament. 
"The Eurosfat - Public Consultations about the state of the European Union" event was organized by Europuls together with other European and Romanian organizations such as Notre Europe-The Jacques Delors Institute, Civil Society Development Foundation, the Aspen Institute Romania, the Romanian Centre for European Policies, and under the patronage of the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Romanian Parliament Chamber of Deputies.
The European Commission announced in 2012 an ambitious reform project for an EU-wide data protection legislation package. The impact will be major, as it will affect ordinary citizens, policymakers and implementers, as well as companies offering data management and protection solutions. Among other proposals, we can mention new unique national agencies managing data protection or an obligation of companies to announce any and all breaches in their data systems.
For Romania, all these will lead to significant chances for all involved, from users to sellers and producers. The government and administration will have to apply the new provisions, while the business environment might become subject to a whole new range of limits and regulations. At the same time, the legal simplifications, the EU-wide uniformity in the matter, as well as new protection measures, might be beneficial effect for a Romania that still has a certain lack in the area of data protection legislation.
Aspen Institute Romania together with Europulsdiscussed, during Eurosfat, about what this package will bring to Romania and about what the country and the business might ask from the European Commission. What kind of proposals might come from the Government or other policy makers, who will play a leading role in implementing the new package? What suggestions and needs can be put forward by the IT business media? And last but not least, what is the take of civil society and researchers on all this?
Speakers include among others:
Dan Nica - Minister for the Information Society
MihneaCostoiu - Minister Delegate for higher education, scientific research and technological development
IoanEnciu - Member of the European Parliament
Amelia Andersdotter - Member of the European Parliament
Jean Gonié - Director Privacy, Microsoft Europe
Andrei Pitiș - President of ANIS
Christiana Mauro - Researcher Central European University, Data Protection Activist
Alexandru Balan - Director Product Management, Bullguard
Bogdan Manolea - Blogger, Executive Director, Association for Technology and Internet
Cristian Petriceanu - Director of IAB Romania
Andrei Avadanei - President of the Romanian Centre for Research in Information Security
The recommendations of this panel were integrated in the Eurosfat 2013 Report which was launched in Brussels by Europuls together with Romania's Mission to the European Union.

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