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Privacy and Cybersecurity


Selected GDPR Topics and the Privacy Shield: Putting Theory into Practice and International Panel Discussion

October 20, 2016 • Brussels, Belgium

Starts: 1:00 PM (CET)
Ends: 5:00 PM (CET)
Site: Crowell & Moring LLP
Address: 7, Rue Joseph Stevens, Brussels, Belgium

After four years of negotiations, the official text of the new European Regulation on the processing of personal data (also known as the "GDPR" or "General Data Protection Regulation") was published on May 4, 2016. This Regulation came into force on May 24, 2016 and its provisions will be applicable from May 25, 2018, after a two years' transitional period. During previous seminars, we already discussed the GDPR in general. At our next seminar on October 20, we will discuss a number of specific topics more in detail.

Although the GDPR is a Regulation that has direct effect within the different European member states, it leaves scope for national regulation. Hence, even after May 25, 2018, national legislation will remain important for companies doing business in multiple jurisdictions. We therefore have invited a few colleagues from our neighboring countries who will discuss certain of the specific GDPR topics and will participate in a panel discussion.

Also under the GDPR, the transfer of personal data outside the EEA will remain an important issue. In addition, since this summer, it is possible to transfer personal data to the US under the so-called Privacy Shield, the replacement of Safe Harbor. During this seminar, we will also discuss this issue more in detail, together with our panel.


13h00 Welcome sandwiches

13h30 Introduction (Emmanuel Plasschaert – Crowell & Moring, Belgium)

Specific topics under the GDPR (part 1)

13h45 Legitimate basis for processing and consent (Jan Baas – BarentsKrans, the Netherlands)

14h10 Territorial scope – practical implications (Frédéric Sardain – Jeantet, France)

14h35 IT security provisions (Peter Huppertz – Hoffmann Liebs Fritsch & Partner, Germany)

15h00 Coffee break

Specific topics under the GDPR (part 2)

15h15 Obligations and possible liabilities of the various parties involved in the processing of personal data (controllers vs. processors) (Frederik Van Remoortel – Crowell & Moring, Belgium)

15h40 Data breach notification (Cynthia O’Donoghue – Reed Smith, UK)

International data transfers, with emphasis on Privacy Shield

16h05 Jeff Poston – Crowell & Moring, Washington D.C.

16h30 Panel discussion regarding GDPR and international data transfers between participating lawyers / questions from the audience.

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Crowell & Moring Participant(s):
Frederik Van Remoortel
Partner – Brussels
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Jeffrey L. Poston
Partner – Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1.202.624.2775
Emmanuel Plasschaert
Partner – Brussels
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