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Industry Roundtable held in Strasbourg

Industry Roundtable held in Strasbourg

eu-LISA hosted its most recent industry roundtable event, ‘A single search portal and shared BMS for Europe: Moving forward with concrete implementation’ at the Sofitel Strasbourg on June 8th. Some 60 participants convened at the event to discuss the various concepts of interoperability introduced by the European Commission in 2016, considered by the High Level Expert Group on Information Systems and Interoperability for the past year and currently being studied by the Agency and its stakeholders with a view to implementation in the coming years.

During the morning session, eu-LISA, EASO and the EC DG HOME provided presentations on the state of play of current planning around interoperability, the Agency study on a common ABIS and the potential benefits of interoperability for the end user community. Industry participants responded to the challenges laid down when providing presentations and discussing matters afterwards. Accenture, SAP, Guardtime, Augmentiq and SAS all provided interesting input in their presentations, recounting experiences related to implementation of interoperability elsewhere, considering the potential architectures for interoperable systems including Blockchain technology and considering questions of data quality and analytics.

It is evident that industry will have to support the Agency in its efforts on interoperability planned for the coming months and years. The event provided an initial impetus to such interaction and represented another effort by the Agency to engage this important sector in a fair and transparent manner. We are grateful to the large number of interested staff who participated, supported discussions and contributed to the successful delivery of this event.

41st DPO Network Meeting deemed a big success

41st DPO Network Meeting deemed a big success

The 41st Data Protection Network Meeting, hosted by eu-LISA in Tallinn, took place on 31st May and 1st of June in Tallinn. Twice a year the Data Protection Officers (DPO) from European Union Institutions, Bodies and Agencies meet in order to discuss and brainstorm on data protection related matters and reinforce collaboration efforts.

For the first time, in light of the preparations for the new privacy rules, a member of the French Data Protection Authority (CNIL) and two members of the DAPIX Working Party took part in the conference. Soon the European Union data protection framework will change and be aligned with the newly adopted General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the future ePrivacy Regulation. This modification will ensure that European Union Institutions, Bodies and Agencies will also offer a high standard of protection while they process personal data. In this regard eu-LISA, as operational manager of European Union large-scale IT systems, is dedicated to comply with the data protection rules respecting the fundamental rights of privacy and data protection of data subjects. This point is currently of utmost importance since eu-LISA’s mandate will soon be extended to cover news IT systems.

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) was very satisfied of the discussions since key topics such as the role of the DPO within organisation, Data Breach, Accountability, Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) and Privacy by Design and by Default were tabled and tackled during the meeting. All the DPOs took this opportunity to exchange views, raise concerns and learn from each other in order to gather useful knowledge for upcoming data protection challenges. The blogpost on this topic, penned by Wojciech Wiewiórowski, Assistant Supervisor at the EDPS, is available here.

eu-LISA’s Data Protection Office, and eu-LISA as a whole, are very pleased with the outcome of this event. Praises on both the content and organisation of the meeting came from all participants.

The next DPO meeting will be hosted by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in London.

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