Data protection vs. Digital Single Market - Can the Juncker Commission square the circle?

The role of the proposed general data protection Regulation (GDPR) in shaping the future digital ecosystem could be significant, especially in defining the interests of users and companies, while having important effects on the processing of data by third parties outside the EU. In this context, CEPS Digital Forum seminar, chaired by Colin Blackman on November 9th with the support of IAB Europe, looked at the interplay between the proposed GDPR and the Digital Single Market strategy. The panellists, who included Rosa Barcelo (Head of the Digital Privacy and Data Protection Unit, DG CNECT, European Commission), Max von Abendroth (Executive Director, EMMA), Daniel Knapp (Senior Director Advertising Research, HIS), Lenard Koschwitz (Director European Affairs, Allied for Startups) and Estelle Massé (Policy Analyst, Access Now), explored the opportunities and contradictions that lie between the two dossiers, paying particular attention to institutional coordination aspects and business implications. The changing relationship between consumers, data and economic operators in the creation of a single European market for data and online services was also subject to careful analysis. More materials on the event are available here.