Rudolf Hielscher

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Senior Advisor to Reinhard F. Hüttl, President Euro-CASE


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Project "Internet Privacy - A Culture of Privacy and Trust for the Internet"



Joint JRC/Euro-CASE Round Table on the European Data Protection Day

On 28 January 2015, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) organised a Round Table on "Citizens' Rights in the Light of New Technologies and Commercial Needs“ in close cooperation with the European Council of Academies of Applied Sciences, Technologies and Engineering (Euro-CASE). More than 100 participants attended the joint event by Euro-CASE and the JRC which took place in the Berlaymont building in Brussels. Trust, security and privacy on the Internet were central topics of the event.


The event focused on a growing concern of European citizens and thus a central challenge to the EU: The assurance of data security on the Internet and the assertion of privacy in digital affairs. Especially the commercial use of user information puts privacy to the test. For example, consumer behavior, movement patterns and travel behavior are collected and condensed into detailed digital profiles of individuals. In turn the science academies observe a somewhat careless handling of personal data by the Internet users. The conference on the European Data Protection Day aimed to enrich the debate with contributions from the perspective of science, economics, society and politics.

The first part of the meeting was devoted to the business perspective and the tension between the necessary data protection on the one hand, and the development of new services and business models on the other. In the second part, the participants of the Round Table discussed technical and political prospects for the privacy and security on the Internet.

f.l.t.r.: Robert Madelin, Jacques Lukasik, Paul Rübig, Vladimir Šucha

What are the challenges at the EU level? This question was the focus of the final discussion. The participants primarily focused on the completion of the Digital Single Market and on ensuring uniform regulations and minimum standards across the EU. The Academy Fellows underlined the importance of simulators and living labs in order to better understand the relationship between technology and user behavior.

The high-level conference was opened by Vladimír Šucha, Director-General of the Joint Research Centre and Jacques Lukasik, Secretary General of Euro-CASE and Fellow of the National Academy of Technologies of France. Their introduction was followed by key notes by Robert Madelin, Director-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology, Paraskevi Michou, Acting Director-General for Justice and Consumers, Paul Rübig, Member of the European Parliament, Chairman of the European Parliament`s Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) Panel and Academy Fellow Claudia Eckert (acatech, Germany).

In addition to the three Directors-Generals, three members of the European Parliament and six fellows from different European Academies contributed to the conference.

  • Marju Lauristin, Member of the European Parliament, Rapporteur for the Directive on the Protection of Personal Data in the Law Enforcement Sector and Shadow Rapporteur for the Data Protection Regulation
f.l.t.r.: Claudia Eckert, Patrik Fältström, Erol Gelenbe, Christian Saguez, Bernhard M. Hämmerli
  • Ivan Štefanec, Member of the European Parliament, Member of Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection
  • Claudia Eckert, Member of the Executive Board and fellow of acatech, Head of Fraunhofer Institute for Applied and Integrated Security, Chair for IT security at Technical University of Munich
  • Patrik Fältström, Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences IVA, Head of Research and Development at Netnod
  • Erol Gelenbe, Fellow of the French National Academy of Engineering NATF, the Polish Academy of Sciences, the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the Turkish Science Academy
  • Bernhard M. Hämmerli, Fellow of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences SATW, chair of the platform ICT Security
  • Jean-Jacques Quisquater, Associated Fellow of the Belgian Royal Academy, University of Louvain
  • Christian Saguez, Fellow of the National Academy of Technologies of France

The Conference was concluded by closing statements from Vladimír Šucha and Erol Gelenbe. Both highlighted the need for further interdisciplinary research in the area of digital privacy, especially a combination of technical and social sciences.