Debate: “The European Union’s new data protection rules will impose unnecessary burdens on businesses – Yes or No?”
Business leaders are worried that the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), scheduled to come into effect in early 2018, will seriously harm their commercial interests. It will force them to improve the privacy rights of EU citizens and report data breaches within three days, rules that will be difficult and costly to comply with. Penalties for non-compliance could be as high as 4% of global turnover. However, British businesses could be spared the hassle if Brexit means the UK does not implement the Regulation.
- John Higgins, Director General, Digital Europe
- Ardi Kolah, Co-Programme Director, GDPR Transition Programme, Henley Business School
- Jan Philipp Albrecht, MEP for Germany, European Parliament; Member of the Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance, and Vice-Chair of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, European Parliament
- Eduardo Ustaran, Member and Former Director, International Association of Privacy Professionals
Biographies of the panelists
Ardi is the Co-Programme Director of the GDPR Transition Programme at Henley Business School, along with Professor Andrew Kakabadse. Ardi is also the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Data Protection and Privacy that will launch in October 2016 and speaks extensively on data protection at seminars and conferences across Europe.
A trained lawyer, Ardi has marketing and executive education experience in the financial services sector. He held senior positions at the BBC in network TV and radio, and at Accenture, and was Director of the Defence Academy of the UK where he launched the National Resilience Centre.
Ardi holds an LL.M degree from King’s College London and is a fellow of several institutes as well as a visiting lecturer at Cass Business School, London University, Kingston Business School and London Guildhall Faculty of Business and Law.
Jan Philipp Albrecht
Jan is an MEP for Germany, Member of the Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance, and Vice-Chair of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) at the European Parliament. He’s also a substitute member of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO).
During his first term as an MEP between 2009 and 2014, Jan was a member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) and a substitute member of the Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI). From December 2012 to October 2013 he was the Green group’s coordinator in the Special Committee on Organised Crime, Corruption and Money Laundering (CRIM).
Jan was rapporteur for the opinion of the Committee on Legal Affairs on the proposal for a directive on the right of access to a lawyer in 2011. Since March 2012, Jan has been the rapporteur of the European Parliament for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
From 2003 until his election to the European Parliament in 2009, he studied law in Bremen, Berlin and Brussels and specialised in IT law at the Universities of Hanover and Oslo. Since 1999 he has committed himself to the Greens in a wide range of contexts.
Thanks to his efforts to promote data protection, and as the federal spokesman of the Young Greens in Germany from 2006-2008, he has gained a reputation within the European Parliament as an expert on home affairs, justice and legal affairs.
Eduardo is an internationally recognised expert in privacy and data protection law. He’s a Member of the Former Director of the International Association of Privacy Professionals and a partner in the global privacy and cyber security practice of law firm Hogan Lovells. He’s a dually qualified English solicitor and Spanish abogado, based in London.
He’s also the author of The Future of Privacy (DataGuidance, 2013), aground-breaking book where he anticipates the key elements that organisations and privacy professionals will need to tackle to comply with the regulatory framework of the future.
He advises some of the world’s leading companies on the adoption of global privacy strategies and is closely involved in the development of the new EU data protection framework.
Eduardo has been named by Revolution magazine as one of the 40 most influential people in the growth of the digital sector in the UK and is ranked as a leading privacy and internet lawyer by prestigious international directories. Eduardo is co-founder and editor of Data Protection Law & Policy and a member of the panel of experts of DataGuidance.
He’s executive editor of European Privacy: Law and Practice for Data Protection Professionals (IAPP, 2011), and co-author of Beyond Data Protection (Springer, 2013), E-Privacy and Online Data Protection (Tottel Publishing, 2007) and of the Law Society’s Data Protection Handbook (2004).
He has lectured at the University of Cambridge on data protection as part of its Masters of Bioscience Enterprise, and regularly speaks at international conferences.
John Higgins CBE
John was appointed Director General of Digital Europe, the association for the digital technology industry in Europe, in November 2011 following nine years leading its UK member association, Intellect.
He’s the public face of the digital sector in Europe and speaks regularly at conferences worldwide.
He was a member of the governing body of the University of Warwick for 12 years until 2015 and was chair of its audit committee. He’s President of the European Commission’s Strategic Policy Forum on Digital Entrepreneurship and was recently elected to the Board of the European Internet Foundation. His other committee chair roles include the cross-industry association council of the CBI, a government/industry space committee and the global policy action committee of the World IT Services Association (WITSA).
John was board member of e-skills, the UK’s digital sector skills council and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He was presented with two personal awards for outstanding contributions: first to the association sector in 2004 and then to the IT industry in 2008. The Queen appointed him a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 2005 for his services to the UK IT industry. After graduating from the University of east Anglia with an honours degree in Mathematics and then gaining a post graduate Diploma in Accounting and Finance, he began a career in IT.
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