Blinken OSA Senior Research Fellow, Iván Székely at the Computers, Privacy, and Data Protection (CPDP) conference

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Iván Székely, Senior Research Fellow at Blinken OSA, a founding member of the annual conference Computers, Privacy, and Data Protection (CPDP), organized and moderated a panel discussion on “Data Protection Authorities and the Covid-19 Pandemic” in Brussels on May 23. This was the 10th-panel discussion in a row on some aspects of the activities of the DPA,  a frequently underestimated actor in the protection of personal data, which Szekely, together with Professor Charles Raab of the University of Edinburgh – both members of the Scientific Committee of CPDP –, have conceptualized, organized and moderated live from the very beginning. This year’s discussion involved Hielke Hijmans of the Belgian Data Protection Authority, Orsolya Reich from the Civil Liberties Union for Europe, and Sjaak Nouwt representing the Royal Dutch Medical Association.
CPDP’s 15th conference in 2022 was held on May 22-25, rather than the usual time in the last week of January. In the past, this international event has always coincided with International Data Protection Day (January 28), the occasion when several important announcements are made, including the first public version of the GDPR. This year the conference attracted over 1,400 participants, with five parallel tracks in the program and a number of accompanying events in three venues, including art installations and a curated bookshop. All public discussions have been recorded and are available on CPDP’s YouTube channel. Ivan Szekely’s panel discussion can be watched here.