EIF Debate on Data Protection: Let's make the rules that Europe can be a leader

04 April 2013 Author: EIFonline

One year ago, the European Commission presented a comprehensive reform of the EU's 1995 data protection rules to strengthen online privacy rights and boost Europe's digital economy.

At the moment European Parliament discusses almost 4000 amendments to proposed legislation, while member states review the proposals in parallel. With the Data Protection debate at its peak in Parliament, the EIF dinner debate gave a possibility to hear from leading European technology firms and groups on the impact of the proposed regulation. 

The debate was initiated by EIF Governor and Vice President of the Parliament Alexander Alvaro and hosted by Pilar del Castillo EIF chair.

The first panelist, Mikko Niva, global privacy counsel for Nokia Corporation, sent the message that the regulation should focus on “what” but not “how” thus letting companies to work on the best ways how to implement the regulation.  He also stressed the need to respect the accountability principle - all organization should be held accountable for complaining with the regulation:

Listen to Mikko Niva’s  speech:


Representatives from Rovio: Harri Koponen, COO and the creator of the video game Angry Birds, and CLO Kati Levoranta, also joined the debate. They spoke on privacy issues from apps’ developers perspective. They encouraged keeping the regulation very clear and simple, that anyone despite their size could comply with it.  Harri Koponen also stressed that regulation should make Europe a competitive market and keep it in leader’s position.

Listen to Kati Levoranta’s  speech:


Ilias Chantzos, Senior Director, Symantec Government Affairs and Industry Executive of the Data Protection Subgroup in the Digital Single Market Group of Digital Policy Alliance commented how Data Protection reform will affect big industry companies, SMEs and innovation. 

Listen to Ilias Chantzos’ speech:


Richard Ward, Government Relations at IBM and Industry Vice Chair of the Data Protection Subgroup in the Digital Single Market Group of Digital Policy Alliance expressed concern about disrupting the benefits of proceeding personal data and innovation bypassing Europe if the regulation will come into effect as it is drafted.  

Listen to Richard Ward’s speech:

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