Data Sovereignty: what data is needed and how will it impact technology?


  • Riccardo Masucci


  • Meenakshi Lekhi
  • Audry Plonk
  • Samm Sacks
  • Bruno Gencarelli

Organisation: Intel

Room: Grand Hall Online

Timing: 15:55 - 17:10 on 28 January 2021

Data sovereignty approaches are becoming more prominent worldwide. Drivers are multiple: privacy concerns, national security, law enforcement access to data - as shown in the Schrems II ruling in Europe or the Tik Tok/We Chat bans in the US - as well as the creation of competitive advantages for national digital champions. Countries like India and China are developing their personal and non-personal data governance frameworks. Data localization requirements are spreading across regions, new forms of data sharing and the establishment of local data repositories are currently under discussion: all these measures will increasingly affect global data flows and the ability for organizations to access data to develop and deploy new technologies like artificial intelligence and autonomous driving. The panel will assess current and future trends around data sovereignty, data access and flows to outline some public policy priorities and solutions.

• Is data localization the answer to privacy and national security concerns?
• Would more “data sovereign” countries be also more competitive?
• How can global interoperability and harmonization be ensured?
• How will these trends in global data flows affect the adoption of autonomous, data-driven technologies?


Riccardo Masucci

Intel (BE)

Riccardo Masucci is Global Director of Privacy Policy at Intel. He leads Intel’s global advocacy on privacy legislation and works on data and cybersecurity policies in Europe, India, China and the US. His focus is on global data flows and privacy and security implications of emerging technologies like artificial intelligence or autonomous driving. Prior to Intel, Riccardo served as policy advisor to Members of the Justice and Home Affairs Committee in the European Parliament.


Meenakshi Lekhi

Lok Sabha (IN)

Meenakshi Lekhi is an Indian politician and a member of Bharatiya Janata Party. She is a Member of Parliament from New Delhi Parliamentary constituency in the 16th and 17th Lok Sabha. She is the national spokesperson of Bharatiya Janata Party and a Supreme Court of India lawyer.
She is the Chairperson of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Personal Data Protection Bill.

Audry Plonk


Ms. Audrey Plonk is Head of the Digital Economy Policy (DEP) Division of the Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) at the OECD. As Head of Division, Ms. Plonk is responsible for implementing the programme of work of two committees: the Committee on Digital Economy Policy (CDEP) and the Committee for Consumer Policy (CCP) as well as the management of STI’s Digital Economy Division. Prior to joining the OECD Ms Plonk was Senior Director, Global Security Policy at Intel Corporation.

Samm Sacks

Yale Law School (US)

Samm Sacks is a Cyber Policy Fellow at New America and a Senior Fellow at Yale Law School’s Paul Tsai China Center. Her research examines China’s information and communications technology (ICT) policies, with a focus on China’s cybersecurity regime and the geopolitics of data privacy and cross-border data flows. She has worked as an analyst of China’s technology policies for the last decade, both in the private sector (at Siemens and Eurasia Group) and as a linguist and analysts with the national security community. Her writings have appeared in The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, MIT Tech Review, Slate, and she has testified numerous times before Congress. She speaks and reads Mandarin.

Bruno Gencarelli

DG Just (EU)

Mr Gencarelli is deputy to the Director for Fundamentals rights and rule of law as well as heads the International data flows and protection Unit at the European. He was in charge of the Commission's work in the area of data protection in the decisive phases of the legislative reform of EU data protection law and the EU-US negotiations on transatlantic data flows in the commercial and law enforcement areas. He also led the negotiations on the EU-Japan mutual adequacy arrangement creating the world’s largest area of free and safe data flows. He recently co-led for the Commission the negotiations with the UK on all aspects relating to justice and consumers in the context of Brexit