Professor David Wallom key speaker at data protection & privacy symposium this July

Professor David Wallom key speaker at data protection & privacy symposium this July

Professor David Wallom is to be a key speaker at an international symposium on data protection and privacy in Brussels this July. Rethinking Data Protection and Privacy in Europe: Shaping the European Digital Future will explore new developments on Data Protection Regulation in Europe, discuss unifying data protection rules for European businesses, consider ways to achieve the right balance between privacy and security and assess consumers' rights and trust regarding the protection of personal data.

Professor Wallom will present during the session 'Analysing the Current Data Protection Legal Framework: Challenges and Ways Forward'. Other key speakers include Michele Voznick, Data Protection Unit, European Commission; Dr. Els De Busser, Faculty of Public Management, The Hague University of Applied Sciences; Christoph Luykx, CA Technologies; Boris Wojtan, GSMA; Ero Balsa, COSIC – KU Leuven; Jos Dumortier, time.lex; Zoe Kardasiadou, European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights; Alexander Whalen, Digital Europe; and Christopher Stacey, Unlock.

Professor Wallom leads two separate research groups at the Oxford e-Research Centre: Energy and Environmental ICT and Advanced e-infrastructure & Cloud Computing. He has led over 45 research projects in areas such as Cloud utilisation, Smart Energy Grids, Research data management, Green IT, ICT security and institutional repositories. He is a member of the GCHQ recognized Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security and the UK Space Agency Ground segment Advisory Group. He is the academic representative on the board of the HEFCE Institute for Environmental Analytics and Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Norwegian Information for Action e-Science Centre and a member of the Science Advisory Board for the NEGI Tools for Investigating Climate Change at High Northern Latitudes (eSTICC) and Ensemble-based Methods for Environmental Monitoring and Prediction (EmblA) centres.

Data represents a key element for research, technological innovations and economic development. It covers various topics, ranging from transport and energy to healthcare and social issues, and can empower European citizens and businesses to fully seize the opportunities of the digital environment. Efficient flow of data is therefore pivotal to move forward and build a European digital single market. However, boosting the potential of the digital market can only be accomplished if people can trust the way their personal data is being used and if clear data protection standards are put in place.

The international symposium will examine the latest developments on data protection rules discussed at EU level. It will also explore new ways to encourage innovation by implementing one common data protection standard for businesses in Europe. The event will address the recurring concern on the balance between privacy and security as well as the issue regarding customers' control over personal data.

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