Transborder transfers - Challenges of international data transfer from the perspective of the Convention 108+ and GDPR

The Council of Europe’s Convention 108 on Data Protection celebrates its 40th anniversary on 28 January 2021, during Germany’s Presidency of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers. The Convention 108 was the first binding international treaty on data protection and a model for many other data protection regulations. It was opened for signature on 28 January 1981, which is the reason that date is celebrated every year as European Data Protection Day.

To take current developments into account, in 2018 the signatories to the Convention agreed on an amending protocol to update the Convention 108. The updated version is known as the Convention 108+.
The issues and problems that were relevant already in 1981 have lost none of their relevance; international data transfers in particular are the focus of special attention today.

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, in force since 25 May 2018, created a single regulatory framework for handling personal data throughout the entire European Economic Area. Both the Convention 108+ and the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation contain provisions on international data transfer.

To explore the challenges of international data transfer from the perspective of the General Data Protection Regulation and the Convention 108+, the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community and the Conference of the Independent Data Protection Authorities of the Federation and the Federal States of Germany would therefore like to invite you to the following online conference on 28 January 2021, from 13:00 to 16:30

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programme programme

13:00 Welcoming remarks: The Convention 108 40 years on
Stephan Mayer, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of the Interior, Building and Community

13:10 Welcoming remarks
Marija Pejčinović Burić, Secretary General of the Council of Europe

13:15 Welcoming remarks
Andreas Schurig, Commissioner for Data Protection of the Free State of Saxony
Chair of the Conference of the Independent Data Protection Authorities of the Federation and the Federal States of Germany, 2020

13:25 Speech: The Data Protection Convention in ECHR case law
Dr h. c. Tim Eicke QC, Judge at the European Court of Human Rights

13:45 Speech: Challenges of international data transfer from the perspective of the supervisory authority
Aleid Wolfsen, Deputy Chair of the European Data Protection Board and Chair of the Dutch data protection supervisory authority Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens

14:05 Speech: International data transfer in CJEU case law
Prof. Dr Dr h. c. Thomas von Danwitz, Judge at the Court of Justice of the European Union

14:25 Speech: International movement of data from the perspective of Convention 108+: Opportunities and challenges
Alessandra Pierucci, Chair of the Council of Europe Committee of Convention 108 (T-PD)

15:00 Panel discussion:
Prof. Dr Dr h. c. Thomas von Danwitz
Dr h. c. Tim Eicke, QC
Aleid Wolfsen
Alessandra Pierucci

16:00 Closing remarks:
Monika Grethel, Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information of the federal state of Saarland
Chair of the Conference of the Independent Data Protection Authorities of the Federation and the Federal States of Germany, 2021

Moderator: Ralph Szepanski