Securing personal data: the “new” normal


  • Prokopios Drogkaris


  • Rosa Barcelo
  • Zoe Kardasiadou
  • Fabian Prasser
  • Cédric Lauradoux
  • Peter Kraus

Organisation: ENISA

Room: Online 3

Timing: 10:30 - 11:45 on 28 January 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed our everyday habits in several ways, bringing digital communication into the front line and new processes that require the processing of our personal data. The wide adoption of online videoconferencing tools, both for professional and personal reasons, is one prominent example of this change. Contact tracing apps is another exam-ple of the so-called "new normal", being considered by several EU Member States as an appealing option to support public health against the pandemic spread. While clearly beneficial, there are often serious questions raised over the security and privacy of this new mode of operation and related applications. Both Member State authorities, EU bodies and EU commis-sion have issued a number of guidance documents on the considerations that should be taken into account, e.g. on the secu-rity of online communication tools or the contact tracing apps.

• In what ways has the "new" normal affected the existing considerations related to security of personal data processing?
• What are the key strengths and the new challenges we face when considering security of personal data?
• How can Privacy Enhancing Technologies support this transition?
• How can end users (Data subjects) be better pre-pared and how can they protect themselves?


Prokopios Drogkaris

European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA)(EU)

Dr. Prokopios Drogkaris is a Cybersecurityn Expert in Policy Development and Implementation at European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) working in the areas of Privacy and Data Protection, Cybersecurity Certification and Trust Services. Previously, he was involved in several EU funded research projects in the greater area of Information Security within the Hellenic Ministry of Citizen Protection and he held teaching assistant positions in higher education institutions. He is an author of several scientific publications and has served as a member on program and organizing committees at International and European scientific conferences.


Rosa Barcelo

Squire Patton Boggs (BE)

Rosa Barcelo is a partner of the law firm Squire Patton Boggs. She works in the Brussels’s office. Rosa is specialized in European data protection and privacy with particular focus on cutting-edge ICT issues. Rosa’s 20 years of experience was acquired by working in private practice, as well as in public service. During her tenure with the European Commission, Rosa worked in DG CONNECT, where she led legislative deliberations over the proposed e-Privacy Regulation and in the Data Protection Unit, where she was responsible for international data transfers. Rosa’s work with the office of the EDPS focused on a wide range of ICT-related issues.

Zoe Kardasiadou

European Commission (EU)

Dr Zoe Kardasiadou is a lawyer by education and has worked in the field of ICT law and data protection since more than 20 years. Her doctoral thesis dealt with product liability and medical malpractice for medical expert systems. She is working for the European Commission, at the Data Protection Unit. Before her current position, she worked as legal officer at the EDPB, EDPS and the EU Fundamental Rights Agency. Zoe also worked for 10 years at the Greek data protection authority, inter alia as Head of Department for policy and supervision. She was member of several legislative committees dealing with data protection law, she teaches and has a series of publications.

Fabian Prasser

Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin (DE)

Fabian Prasser is Professor of Medical Informatics at Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the Berlin Institute of Health where he heads the Medical Informatics Group. His research group works on the design of data sharing infrastructures, big data architectures for translational medicine and related data protection challenges.

Cédric Lauradoux


Peter Kraus


Peter Kraus has been working for the EDPB since its inception in 2018. Before that he was working for the EDPS on the preparation of the EDPB and on the preparation of remote inspections.