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Analysing the GDPR 2 Years On

25 May 2020

On this day 2 years ago, the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect. The very first of its kind worldwide, the regulation was intended to create consistent data protection & privacy laws across Europe, while also providing EU citizens with a framework to understand how their information could be stored, accessed, and used. Two years later, as achievements are being celebrated and lessons are being learnt on the challenges that have arisen, it is time to consider how its application can be further improved in the future.

Following the release of the European Commission’s two-year review of the GDPR, and as part of the new ‘Under the Spotlight…’ series, Forum Europe will host an online debate titled ‘GDPR 2 Years On | What has been achieved? What challenges remain?’ on 18th June. The debate will bring together key policymakers and experts to take stock of the benefits the regulation has unleashed, share their views on the gaps that remain to be addressed, and discuss how they have been impacted by the regulation in the past two years.

The session will also ask how outstanding challenges and concerns around compliance and enforcement alignment across Member States can be best addressed and will debate issues around the capacity and resilience of the GDPR in facing continuous development of new data-driven innovations.

Finally, and in the context of the current health crisis relating to the Covid-19 outbreak, speakers will examine areas of the regulation that may already need rethinking to enable Europe to fully foster the benefits that data-enabled innovation can bring to our society.

The discussion will be headed up by Salla Saastamoinen, Acting Deputy Director General, DG JUST, European Commission & Andrea Jelinek, Chair, European Data Protection Board.

This event will be taking place using Forum Europe’s virtual solution – Forum Vision. For more information, and to register your place for free, please visit the event website.