ETSI Summit: Releasing the Flow - Data Protection and Privacy in a Data-Driven Economy

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Data is said to be the most valuable asset in the digital economy. Europe adopts an ambitious set of rules to deal with the circulation and protection of data, both private and business related.

Get a grasp of the policy and legislative landscape around data flow in EU and beyond. Discuss the interplay of data with regulation, legislation, technologies and standards. Hear viewpoints and debate with experts coming from different points of the ecosystem.  Come to the ETSI Summit on 19 April 2018.


The interaction between policy, legislation and technology is not  new, but the dynamics between data flow and data protection give rise to new tensions:

  • A Data economy “characterized by an ecosystem of different types of market players collaborating to ensure that data is accessible and usable” is the conceptual foundation of EU policy relating to data flow. It addresses both consumer markets (apps economy) and enterprise markets (finance, transports, energy, etc.).
  • The Protection of personal data: the development of a data economy pre-supposes that citizens trust their online communications and transactions do not equate to handing over their life to economic operators (be they public or private entities). Hence the central role of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which will enter into force in May 2018.
  • e-Privacy, which aims at ensuring the respect for private life, confidentiality of communications, protection of personal data in the electronic communications sector, and guarantying the free movement of electronic communications data, equipment and services in the EU.

Of course, definitions and standards alone will not solve those tensions. However they are part of the equation of getting policies that work.  These depend on the generation of adequate legislation, technical definitions, soft law and smart interactions between them.

By joining the one day Summit ETSI is staging on 19 April 2018, you will hear and discuss:

  • The scenery: The European roadmap for data flow, data protection and privacy.
  • The players: What will the EU legislation mean for market players operating in Europe and how do we ensure global collaboration? How will standards support businesses and regulators in the implementation of policy, legislative and industrial agendas?
  • The machinery: How will legislation and standards interact? Standards, certification, codes of conduct, best practices- how will this landscape be shaped by the EU legislation?

Save the date in your calendar and register. Participation is open to all and free of charge upon registration.


All sessions will be built around a small number of presentations, followed by a moderated panel discussion to spark exchange of views between speakers and with the audience.

08:00 Check-in/registration opens
08:45 Welcome Address
Luis Jorge Romero, Director General, ETSI
Simon Hicks, Chairman, ETSI General Assembly
09:00 SESSION 1: Link the Dots 
Session Chair: Tim Hickman, Partner, White & Case, London

Building a European data economy, e-privacy, free flow of non-personal data, GDPR…with a series of policy and legislative initiatives, EU intends to create “an ecosystem of different types of market players collaborating to ensure that data is accessible and usable” and simultaneously “set the global standard for data protection” (Commissioner Jourová).

This session will sketch the policy and regulatory landscape for data in Europe, explore how the different EU initiatives correlate and interact, and consider how global markets accommodate region-specific regulations.

09:00 Introduction of the session and speakers
Tim Hickman, Partner, White & Case, London
09:10 The scenery: the policy and regulatory landscape for data in the EU
Joaquim Nunes de Almeida, Director Single Market Policy, Regulation and Implementation, European Commission, DG GROW
09:30 The Mix: Policy, legislation and technology
Christiane Lackner, Austrian Data Protection Authority
09:50 Global trade and markets-region specific regulations, squaring the circle?
Ulf Pehrsson, Vice President, Government & Industry Relations, Ericsson
10:10 Panel Session
Moderated by Tim Hickman, Partner, White & Case, London
10:40 Coffee & networking break
11:10 SESSION 2: The Data Eldorado 
Session Chair: Tim Hickman, Partner, White & Case, London
  Data is purportedly the gold standard of the digital economy, generated ad infinitum by each and every move online, meshed, mined and enriched throughout its travels in cyberspace. In this session, the following questions will be debated:
  • How does the voyage of a data set look like exactly?
  • Are the EU initiatives suitable to frame the gold rush so that not only shovel sellers get rich but that the “ecosystem of different types of market players collaborate” -and derive value?
  • How to make sure that privacy will not be the collateral of the data economy?
11:10 Introduction of the session and speakers
Tim Hickman, Partner, White & Case, London
11:20 The travels of a data set
Johnny Ryan, Head of Ecosystem, PageFair
11:40 Panel Session: How markets see it
Moderated by Tim Hickman, Partner, White & Case, London
  • Are the EU initiatives suitably framing the gold rush so that not only shovel sellers get rich but that the “ecosystem of different types of market players collaborate” -and derive value?
  • How do we make sure that privacy will not disappear in the data economy?


  • Paul Copping, DG Cities Ltd
  • Hervé Rannou, CEO, Cityzen data
  • Lars Pram, Executive Director, Danish Consumer Council
  • Alain Staron, Digital senior VP, Strategy, Offers and Partnerships, Veolia
  • Christophe Gossard, Strategic Standards Manager for Europe at John Deere
12:45 Lunch & networking break
13:45 SESSION 3: Data is a Global Business
Session Chair: David Kennedy, Director, Eurescom GmbH

Europe has ambitions to “set the global standard for data protection”, yet data collection, storage, transfer and utilization is mostly a global business.
How do EU trade partners and multinational companies apprehend and adapt domestic legislation and business practice to the new EU regulatory rules for data?
For Europe, what is at stake with international data transfers in Free Trade Agreements and possible restrictions for countries whose privacy rules do not meet European standards?


Introduction of the session and speakers
David Kennedy, Director, Eurescom GmbH


Panel session
Moderated by David Kennedy, Director, Eurescom GmbH



  • Mark Pecen, CEO, Approach Infinity Canada
  • John Howie, Consumer Business Group Chief Privacy and Security Officer, Huawei
  • Teruhiko Sato, First Secretary, Mission of Japan to the European Union
  • TV Ramachandran, President, Broadband India Forum
  • Renaud di Francesco, Director Europe Technology Standards Office, Sony Europe
15:15 Coffee & networking break
15:45 SESSION 4: Standards to Help Navigate 
Session Chair: David Kennedy, Director, Eurescom GmbH
  Standards, codes of conduct, certification: standards for data flow and data protection will come in many different flavors.
  • How can standards help comply to EU data legislation?
  • Which ones will be needed most, how to not overkill?
  • How to ensure smooth collaboration between standards-makers worldwide?
  • How will the standards landscape shape and be shaped by the EU legislation?
Speakers will discuss what standards the data market needs in the context of EU data protection legislation, what is desirable, achievable, and explore possible ways forward
15:45 Introduction of the session and speakers
David Kennedy, Director, Eurescom GmbH
15:50 Standards to help comply to EU legislations, Europe has what it takes- including the will?  
Helmut Fallmann, CEO, Fabasoft AG
16:05 Can a mix of technical standards, business processes, codes of conduct help, how, in what proportions? 
Pierre Chastanet, Acting Head of Unit Cloud & Software, European Commission
16:20 Certification and labelling-Complement or supplement? 
Alban Schmutz, VP Strategy Development & EU affairs, OVH
16:35 Panel session
Moderated by David Kennedy, Director, Eurescom GmbH
17:00 Summary and highlights of the day
17:15 Closing of the Summit


ChastanetPierre Chastanet, Acting Head of Unit Cloud & Software, European Commission
Pierre Chastanet is Acting Head of Unit Cloud & Software at the European Commission, where he is in charge of the proposal for a European regulation on the free flow of non-personal data. He has been working for 11 years at the European Commission in various management and policy development assignments, in the area of cybersecurity, digital privacy, ICT for societal challenges, green ICT and telecom innovation. Prior to that, Pierre acquired over 10 years of ICT experience, mostly in various IT management positions at Procter & Gamble. Pierre holds a M.S. in Telecommunication Engineering from Telecom ParisTech, a M.A. in International Politics from the Free University of Brussels and a B.Sc in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

FallmanHelmut Fallmann, CEO, Fabasoft AG
Helmut Fallmann, 51, is management board member of Fabasoft AG, a stock corporation founded by him and Leopold Bauernfeind almost 30 years ago. Fallmann is known as a passionate European, his vision incorporates business-related processes running digitally and without cease anywhere. Among other things, Fallmann is contributor to the Digital Agenda for Europe, in particular the Cloud Select Industry Group.

HickmanTim Hickman, Partner, White & Case
Tim Hickman is a partner in the London office of White & Case. He advises on all aspects of UK and EU privacy and data protection law, from general compliance issues (such as implementing privacy policies and consent forms) to more specialized issues (such as managing data breaches, structuring cross-border data transfers, and complying with the 'right to be forgotten'). Tim has a detailed knowledge of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation, and co-authored White & Case's Handbook on that legislation. Clients appreciate Tim's ability to find pragmatic and commercial solutions to complex (and frequently multi-jurisdictional) data protection compliance questions. Tim has significant experience of working with a wide range of clients in the EU, the US and Asia. He has also spent time on secondment at Google, advising on cutting-edge privacy and data protection issues.

howieJohn Howie, Chief Privacy Officer and Head of Cybersecurity, Huawei Consumer Business Group
John Howie is the Chief Privacy Officer and Head of Cybersecurity for Huawei Consumer Business Group. John has over twenty-five years of experience working in information and communications technology in a variety of industry sectors. He was previously consulting to a premier Hedge Fund. John’s previous positions include Chief Operating Officer of the Cloud Security Alliance, a global not-for-profit advocacy and industry association, and Senior Director at Microsoft where he managed groups responsible for day-to-day information security technical operations of Microsoft’s core cloud infrastructure. John is a Visiting Professor at Edinburgh Napier University’s School of Computing, a Research Professor at the University of Arizona, is a member of the British Council’s Digital Advisory Group. John holds many industry certifications. John graduated from Edinburgh Napier University with a BSc (Hons) in Computing, in June 1991, and was awarded the degree of Doctor of Technology (h.c.) in June 2012 from the same.

KENNEDYDavid Kennedy, Director, Eurescom GmbH
David Kennedy, is the Director of Eurescom in Germany and has over 35 years’ experience in telecommunications ranging from communications network planning to extensive international collaborative research management. His achievements include the stimulation and orchestration of many important European ICT research initiatives such as the Future Internet PPP, the CELTIC Eureka Cluster, the Networld2020 and NEM technology platforms and, more recently, the 5G-Public Private Partnership (5G-PPP).  Currently he leads the support action for the 5G-PPP and has established the  European 5G-PPP web portal at, which has become the central information hub for the European 5G research and trials discussions. 

Mpecen markark Pecen, CEO of Approach Infinity, Inc. 
Mark Pecen serves as CEO of Approach Infinity, Inc. and Chief Operating Officer of ISARA Corporation.  Approach Infinity provides advisory services to technology startups, private equity firms, major corporations and law firms. ISARA Corporation develops security products for next-generation networks and computing platforms.  He is also an investor in several technology companies. He is the chairman and founding member of the ETSI TC Cyber WG for Quantum Safe Cryptography (Cyber QSC) in Sophia Antipolis, FRANCE, created in March 2015, which was created to make recommendations on core cryptographic primitives and develop specifications for quantum-safe ICT applications. Pecen has served as a senior technology executive for more than 30 year and is an inventor on more than 100 fundamental patents in wireless communication, networking and computing, and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

pramLars Pram, Executive Director, Danish Consumer Council
Lars is CEO at the Danish Consumer Council, a consumer organisation with about 79,000 individual members and more than 30 member organisations. Lars is deeply engaged in the questions of data protection, privacy, and protection of consumer rights in the digital era. Lars is also member of the government’s Council for Implementation of EU legislation, member of the Danish Data Protection Council, member of the Board of Danish Standards, member of the Advisory Committee of the Danish Competition Council, and member of the board of BEUC – The European Consumer Organisation.

ryanJohnny Ryan, Head of Ecosystem, PageFair
Dr Johnny Ryan FRHistS is Head of Ecosystem for PageFair, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and a member of the World Economic Forum’s expert network on media, entertainment and information.  His second book “A History of the Internet and the Digital Future” is on the reading list at Harvard and Stanford. His expert commentary on adblocking and data protection has appeared in The Financial Times, Le Monde, Wired, NPR, Advertising Age, BBC, Sky News, and many others. His writing has appeared in NATO Review, Fortune, Business Week, Business Insider, Contagious, and Ars Technica. His previous roles include being Chief Innovation Officer of The Irish Times, Senior Researcher at the Institute of International & European Affairs (IIEA). His first book was the most cited source in the European Commission’s impact assessment that decided against pursuing Web censorship across the EU. He has a PhD from the University of Cambridge.