Technical standards bringing together data protection with telecommunications regulation, digital regulations and procurement


  • Rob Van Eijk


  • Paul F. Nemitz
  • Mikuláš Peksa
  • Amelia Andersdotter
  • Clara Neppel
  • Francesca Bria

Organisation: IEEE

Room: Online 4

Timing: 17:15 - 18:30 on 27 January 2021

Since the European Union passed the GDPR, data protection is a key component of the Union's strategies in areas ranging from citizenship policies to industrial policy. Ensuring the systematic application of data protection principles across many policy areas is, however, a difficult task with many policy areas still lagging behind or sometimes outright contradicting this fundamental rights goal. Technical standards can and do play a role in bridging these gaps, and since the entry into force of the GDPR there have, in fact, been major advances from the most fundamental infrastructural levels of networked infrastructure to the end-consumer oriented interfaces, that incorporate privacy leadership. This panel will deal with the challenges of ensuring that privacy-enhancing technical standards are developed in different parts of the European policy-making machinery.

• Is the GDPR providing moral leadership?
• How does this leadership manifest in privacy-enhancing technologies?
• How can the EU absorb industry-developed standards that incorporate privacy considerations?
• In which ways can we ensure cooperation across policy areas (procurement, consumer, data protection, communications)?


Rob Van Eijk

Future of Privacy Forum (FPF)

Rob van Eijk is Managing Director for Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) in Europe. Before joining FPF, Rob worked at the Dutch Data Protection Authority (DPA) for nearly ten years and has since become an authority in the field of online privacy and data protection. He represented the Dutch DPA in (inter)national meetings and as a technical expert in court. He also represented the European Data Protection Authorities, assembled as the Article 29 Working Party, in the multi-stakeholder negotiations of the World Wide Web Consortium on Do Not Track. Rob is a technologist with an M.Sc. from Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science and a Ph.D. from Leiden Law School.


Paul F. Nemitz

European Commission (EU)

Paul F. Nemitz is the Principal Advisor in the Directorate General for Justice and Consumers. He was appointed by the European Commission on 12. April 2017, following a 6 year appointment as Director for Fundamental Rights and Citizen’s Rights in the same Directorate General. As Director, Nemitz led the reform of Data Protection legislation in the EU, the negotiations of the EU – US Privacy Shield and the negotiations with major US Internet Companies of the EU Code of Conduct against incitement to violence and hate speech on the Internet. Nemitz has represented the European Commission in numerous cases before the European Court of Justice and has published widely on EU law.

Mikuláš Peksa


Mr. Mikuláš PEKSA is a Czech biophysicist, political activist, and an elected member of the European Parliament. His work falls under the Committees on Industry, Research and Energy, as well as Budgetary control, Economic and Monetary Affairs and Tax matters. He started his political career with the Czech Pirate Party where he was elected to the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Parliament. Mr. Peksa also chairs the European Pirate Party. Apart from his committee works, Mr. Peksa has been elected the chair of the Tibet Interest Group in the European Parliament.

Amelia Andersdotter

IEEE 802.11 (SE)

Technical standards bringing together data protection with telecommunications regulation, digital regulations and procurement.

Clara Neppel


Dr. Clara Neppel is the Senior Director of the IEEE European office in Vienna, where she is responsible for the growth of IEEE’s operations and presence in Europe, focusing on the needs of industry, academia, and government. Clara serves as a point of contact for initiatives with regard to technology, engineering and related public policy issues that help implementing IEEE’s continued global commitment to fostering technological innovation for the benefit of humanity.
She holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Technical University of Munich and a Master in Intellectual Property Law and Management from the University of Strasbourg.

Francesca Bria

Italian National Innovation Fund (IT)

Francesca Bria is the President of the Italian National Innovation Fund. She is Honorary Professor in the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose at UCL in London and a Senior Adviser to the United Nation (UN-Habitat) on digital cities and digital rights. Francesca Bria is leading the DECODE project on data sovereignty in Europe, and is a member of the European Commission high level expert group Economic and Societal Impact of Research and Innovation (ESIR). She is the former Chief Digital Technology and Innovation Officer for the City of Barcelona in Spain. Francesca has a PhD in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Imperial College, London and MSc on Digital Economy from University of London, Birbeck. As Senior Programme Lead at Nesta, the UK Innovation Agency, she has led the EU D-CENT project, the biggest European Project on digital democracy platforms and digital currencies. She also led the DSI4EU project, advising the EU on digital social innovation policies and purpose-driven innovation. She has been teaching in several universities in the UK and Italy and she has advised Governments, public and private organizations on technology and innovation policy, and its socio-economic and environmental impact. Francesca has been listed in the Top 50 Women in Tech by the Forbes Magazine, and in the World's top 20 most influential people in digital government by Apolitical. She has also been featured in the Italian Magazine Repubblica "D", amongst the 100 Women Changing the World.