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Data Protection is Consumer Protection!

[01-07-2015]
AK EUROPA, the Brussels office of the Austrian Federal Chamber of Labour, and the ÖGB Europabüro, the Brussels office of the Austrian Trade Union Federation, would like to invite you to our panel debate:

Data Protection is Consumer Protection!


Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 18:30h
Permanent Representation of Austria to the EU


Avenue de Cortenbergh 30, 1040 Bruxelles, 1st floor


On 15 June 2015, after three years of negotiations, the EU Member States agreed on the data protection reform proposed by the EU Commission. Now the official negotiations with the EU Parliament will begin. Referring to the Council agreement, the EU Commissioner in charge, Věra Jourová, said that “High data protection standards will strengthen consumers' trust in digital services, and businesses will benefit from a single set of rules across 28 countries”. However, the truth is that for some up to date high standard EU-wide harmonised data protection is a dictate of the moment, whilst for others it represents a hurdle in respect of the commercial utilisation of data. What does this mean for the forthcoming negotiations?

The digital single market strategy of the EU Commission, based on which the EU wants to become a leading digital economic power, also entails further questions with regard to data protection. Hence, it must be fundamentally clarified whether the right to the protection of personal data and privacy will retain the status it deserves or whether elementary data protection principles will fall victim to the economisation of data and the realisation of Big Data visions. However, this will turn data protection and the safeguarding of privacy into a growing challenge for consumer protection.

The study on “Commercial Digital Surveillance in Everyday Life", which was prepared by Wolfie Christl on behalf of the Chamber of Labour, provides both insights and outlooks concerning the current state of our privacy as well as hopeful and worrying scenarios in relation to the future of data protection in Europe.

On the panel:

Renate NIKOLAY, Head of Cabinet of the EU Commissioner
for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Věra Jourová

Josef WEIDENHOLZER, MEP (S&D), Chairman of the Intergroup Digital Agenda in the EU Parliament

Daniela ZIMMER, Data protection expert of the Vienna Chamber of Labour

Wolfie CHRISTL, Technology expert, researcher, network activist and author of the study “Commercial Digital Surveillance in Everyday's Life"

Moderator: Eric Bonse, Freelance Journalist


The discussion will be held in German and English with simultaneous translation.

After the discussion we invite you to a buffet.

Please register by using the following links:

I will participate

I can not participate


For further Information:

Tel: 02 230 62 54 or 02 230 74 63

E-Mail: office@akeuropa.eu or europabuero@oegb-eu.at

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