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Big Data: Consolidating the EU Legal Framework in the Digital Economy

Brussels, 27-28 September 2018


The ever-growing accumulation and use of digital data raises legal challenges for private and public entities as regards data ownership, the cross-border use and the protection of these data. The conference will look at the EU legal framework and its loopholes, and offer a platform for discussion on how to adapt the framework to the European data economy.

Key topics

  • Proposed EU Regulation on the free flow of non-personal data (COM (2017)495)
  • Distinction between personal and non-personal data and their legal regimes online
  • Accessibility and reuse of public and publicly funded data, data sharing, and use of data for public-interest purposes
  • Competition law aspects: data concentration and market power of online platforms
  • Intellectual property, databases, trade secrets and other commercially confidential information
  • Future EU strategy to encourage access to, fair use and sharing of Big Data
  • The proposed EU e-Privacy Regulation: consequences for Big Data


  • Martin Bailey, Head of Unit, Digital Policy Development and Coordination, DG CNET, European Commission, Brussels 
  • Malte Beyer-Katzenberger, Policy Officer, Big Data Unit, DG CNET, European Commission, Brussels
  • Michael Dorner, Counsel, CMS, Munich
  • Alberto Di Felice, Senior Policy Manager, Digital Europe, Brussels
  • François Guerin, Senior Policy Advisor, Copa Cogeca, Brussels
  • Lanah Kammourieh Donnelly, Public Policy Manager, Google, Paris
  • Lokke Moerel, Professor, University of Tilburg, Senior Of Counsel, Morrison & Foerster, Berlin
  • Julia Reda, Member of the European Parliament, Brussels
  • Cyril Ritter, Case Handler, DG COMP, European Commission, Brussels
  • Agustin Reyna, Digital Team Leader, BEUC, Brussels
  • Alain Strowel, Professor of Intellectual Property and Media Law, UCL Louvain and University Saint-Louis; Lawyer at the Brussels Bar
  • Benoit Van Asbroeck, Partner, Bird & Bird, Brussels
  • Ian Walden, Professor of Information and Communications Law, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London
  • Christiane Wendehorst, Professor of Civil Law, University of Vienna; President, European Law Institute (ELI)



27 Sep 2018 @ 08:45 am

28 Sep 2018 @ 01:15 pm

Duration: 1 days, 4 hours


MCE Management Centre Europe

Rue de l\'Aqueduc 151



Organised by

Academy of European Law (ERA)

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