Speaking Engagement

IAPP Brussels 2022

Europe’s Quest for Digital Sovereignty: What it Means for Data Protection

17 Nov 2022 02:00 p.m. - 03:00 p.m.

The EU feels the threat of what is coined 'tech colonialism' of the U.S. and China, where the EU member states are increasingly dependent on digital infrastructure of a handful of dominant market players and the majority of European data reside in foreign clouds. The sovereignty concerns have led to a U-turn in EU policy and restoring Europe’s ‘digital sovereignty’ is now a core ambition of the European Commission. We will discuss the threats to EU digital sovereignty in order to better understand the EU Digital Strategy based on open data, open eco-systems and open source, and its disruptive impacts , which – as any regulation – bring new requirements, but also opportunities for innovation.

What you will learn:

  • What the threats to EU digital sovereignty are
  • How EU aims to restore digital sovereignty, and how the policy initiatives fit together
  • What it means for data transfers
  • If the EU data strategy can be aligned with GDPR
  • What is expected of privacy professionals and how they can advise the business


  • Paul Nemitz, Principal Adviser on Justice Policy, European Commission
  • Lokke Moerel, Senior Of Counsel, Morrison & Foerster; Professor, Global ICT Law, Tilburg University



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