A Brave New World for Data Protection?

Wednesday 08 October, 2014

Panel Discussion and Debate

Data protection law is undergoing major revisions at European level, in what has been the most lobbied about pieces of legislation Brussels has seen in a decade.

Concerns over privacy, national security and the explosion in big data affecting all our lives have fuelled a debate, which has only been made more intense by the European Court’s ‘Google Spain’ ruling on the right to be forgotten.

In this debate, we ask: is a quiet revolution about to sweep over businesses across the EU?

The European institutions are in the final throes of thrashing out legislation that will set the terms of data protection across Europe for a generation: are we about to witness a pendulum swing towards the protection of individual privacy in the wake of the Snowden revelations?

This exclusive Weber Shandwick panel discussion forms part of our Changing Europe series of debates looking at the future of the European Union and the key issues behind what lies ahead for the 28 Member States.

The event will begin with a quick overview on the latest state of play with the regard to the new legislation from Marc Perves, Senior Consultant with Weber Shandwick’s Brussels office, followed by key contributions from Emma Carr, Director of Big Brother Watch, Matt Warman of the Daily Telegraph, Iain Bourne, Group Manager, Data  Protection and Policy Delivery, ICO, and Richard Thomas CBE, Global Strategy Adviser for The Centre for Information Policy Leadership (the think tank associated with Hunton & Williams) and Information Commissioner 2002-2009.

A light lunch will be served.


When: Wednesday 5 November


12:30: Arrive/lunch

13:00: Welcome – Jon McLeod, Chairman Public Affairs Weber Shandwick

13:05: Overview of data protection landscape – Marc Pervès, Senior Consultant Weber Shandwick Brussels

13:20: Big Brother Watch concerns – Emma Carr, Director of Big Brother Watch

13:35: The data protection challenges ahead – Richard Thomas CBE

13:50: UK perspective – Iain Bourne, Group Manager, Data  Protection and Policy Delivery, ICO

14:05: Q&A

14:25: Wrap up – Jon McLeod, Chairman Public Affairs Weber Shandwick

14:30: Close

Where: Weber Shandwick, 2 Waterhouse Square, 140 Holborn, London, EC1N 2AE

To register please contact Sian Bevan on sbevan@webershandwick.com or call +44 207 067 0303.