Data Protection at a crossroads:
re-inventing wheels or chasing windmills?


1st April 2015 at SmartCity Malta.
Registration starts at 13.00.

Conference Abstract:

The proposed new EU General Data Protection Regulation aims at bringing current data protection legislation in line with recent technological and social developments. But will the strengthening of concepts such as the right to be forgotten, data portability, privacy by design and privacy by default inhibit technological innovation? Are our businesses ready for this new privacy landscape where the data subject will take centre stage? Will the new Regulation succeed in raising our appreciation for data privacy?

The aim of the seminar will be to provide an update on the latest legislative proposals as well as discuss the impact that the proposed Regulation will have on current data protection practices.

This event is supported by Microsoft Malta.

Who should attend:

The event is recommended for an audience that is interested in development of ICT and Law. In general: Consultants, Lawyers, ICT Professionals, Auditors, Management Level Executives, Academics and Students, ISO Internal and External auditors, Compliance Officers, Contract Managers and senior executives.

Event Programme:

13:00 Registration
13:20 Welcome and Introduction
Dr. Antonio Ghio, President MITLA
13:25 Minister’s Address
Hon. Dr. Helena Dalli, Minister for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties
13:40 Session 1: The long and winding road towards the new General Data Protection Regulation
Dr. Bruno Gencarelli, Head of Unit – Data Protection, European Commission, DG Justice
14:20 Session 2 – Privacy in the Cloud – Building Trust
Dr. Remco Hendrikse, Commercial Attorney, Microsoft CEE
 15:00  Questions & Answers
15:15  Networking Break
15:45 Session 3 – Does the new Data Reform Package go far enough?
Prof. Joseph A. Cannataci, Head, Department of Information Policy & Governance, University of Malta. Chair in European Information Policy & Technology Law, University of Groningen
 16:35 Session 4 –  Introduction to Malta’s IDPC followed by a Round Table Discussion with Mr. Saviour Cachia – Information and Data Protection Commissioner, Prof. Cannataci, and Dr. Gencarelli.
17:00 Q&A with Dr. Remco Hendrikse on the aspects of standardisation in processes for legal compliance.
17:45 Closing Remarks
Dr. Gege Gatt, Vice President MITLA

Download the complete conference programme including speaker profiles and session abstracts by clicking this link: MITLA – Data Protection Conference 2015


The conference will be held at SmartCity Malta, SCM1001, Ricasoli, Malta.
Follow this Directional Map to SmartCity Malta if you’re unsure how to reach the conference location.

Book your seat

The easiest way to book your seat is to do so on this page. Scroll down and you can pay online.

Alternatively if you prefer a bank-transfer here are our bank details: (i) Bank: Bank of Valletta, (ii) Branch: Republic Street, Valletta, (iii) A/C Holder: Malta IT Law Association, (iv) BIC: VALLMTMT, (v) A/C No: 40022889201, (vi) IBAN: MT16VALL22013000000040022889201. Once you complete your transaction please inform our treasurer:

The fee structure is as follows:

  • €15 for MITLA members (if you’re not a member you can join MITLA here),
  • €25 for students who are not MITLA members (the price includes one year membership as well as conference access)
  • €50 for individuals who are not MITLA members (the price includes one year membership as well as conference access).


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