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Measuring the Cost of Europe’s E-Privacy Regulation

CEPS Conference Room
Place du Congrès 1 - 1000 Brussels

This event is exceptionally free of charge.


Measuring the Cost of Europe’s E-Privacy Regulation


Europe is a privacy superpower. It believes protecting this fundamental right represents a moral imperative. But debates on European data protection laws often fail to attempt to balance strict privacy rules with their impact on investments, innovation and economic growth.

Two new pieces of research attempt to fill this void. They consider the potential impact of ePrivacy legislation on venture capital and economic growth.  Dr Anja Lambrecht (London Business School) will present her study on the relationship between previous ePrivacy frameworks and venture capital investment in Europe.  Dr. René Arnold (WIK) will outline his report on the expected social and economic impact of the new ePrivacy Regulation.

The new studies arrive at an important moment. In January 2017, the European Commission published a draft ePrivacy regulation designed to protect the confidentiality of communications, modernize its cookie provisions and adapt to the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Both the European Parliament and Council are now engaged in heated negotiations on the new legislation. Come hear about the high stakes.

This event is exceptionally free of charge. Registration and sandwich lunch from 12:00- Meeting from 12:30 to 14:00

The Computer and Communications Industry Association provided support for the Anja Lambrecht study.

The German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy commissioned the Rene Arnold (WIK) report.

Please click here for the Executive Summary and here for the study of Anja Lambrecht.

Please click here for the presentation of Rene Arnold.

Here is the link for the study:

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Speakers list
Anja Lambrecht

Associate Professor of Marketing, London Business School

Rene Arnold

Head of Department, Wissenschaftliches Institut für Infrastruktur und Kommunikationsdienste (WIK)