European Parliament EU data protection seminar

14-15 May 2013: European Parliament EU data protection seminar

The seminar, organised against the background of the European Parliament’s current work on a major overhaul of EU data protection legislation, will bring together MEPs, experts and stakeholders.

The Civil Liberties committee of the European Parliament is preparing its position on a legislative package proposed by the European Commission that will replace the legislation currently in force, dating back from 1995. Updated rules would include the need for companies to ask for consent to process personal data, people’s right to have their information deleted upon request and the requirement for companies to clearly explain their data protection policies.


A recent Eurobarometer survey showed that 70% of Europeans are concerned that their personal data may be misused by companies. Only 26% of respondents felt they had complete control over information disclosed on social networking sites and even fewer online shoppers (18%) felt in complete control of their data.


It will be webcast live on [ ]14 May from 14.00 CET and on [ ]15 May from 10.00 CET.

The seminar can also be followed on Twitter using the hashtag #EUdataP.


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