Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance

Private Actors in the Frontline

Clashing Legal Landscapes of Security and Privacy

22Sept2016

Symposium

In recent years, novel forms of data-exchange, not just between the EU and the US, but also between private and public spheres have emerged. This half-day closed workshop and public debate bring together leading practitioners, policy-makers and academics to discuss the complex terrain of public-private data exchange in the name of security. Attendance to the workshop by invitation only.

The workshop

In recent years, security authorities on both sides of the Atlantic have increasingly sought access to commercial data of banks, social media companies and airlines. This involves novel forms of data-exchange, not just between the EU and the US, but also between private and public spheres. Private companies, including for example banks and financial institutions, find themselves in the frontline of countering terrorism and other security threats. They face a complex and conflicting regulatory environment, in which legal obligations in the name of security may conflict with privacy regulation. The recent annulment of the Safe Habour Agreement by the European Court of Justice illustrates this complex regulatory environment and has placed transatlantic data-exchange in the political spotlight.

This half-day closed workshop brings together leading practitioners, policy-makers and academics to discuss the complex terrain of public-private data exchange in the name of security. The debate goes beyond the important fundamental rights questions raised in the Safe Harbour decision, to assess the complex regulatory environment that companies find themselves in. What happens when private actors – such as banks, but also airlines and social media companies – are effectively authorised to take routine security decisions in the frontline of fighting terrorism? How do new security requirements challenge, stretch and clash with legal frameworks on privacy and data protection? What are the contradictions and tensions between security objectives and commercial interests?

The workshop provides a unique dialogue between private sector professionals, European policy-makers and academics. It is followed by a public debate at Spui25.

Attendance

Workshop: Attendance by invitation only. If you are interested in attending the workshop, please contact the organizer Prof. Marieke de Goede: M.deGoede@uva.nl.

Public Debate: Attendance is free and subject to registration at spui25.nl

 

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This workshop is organized by Prof.Marieke de Goede and Prof. Deirdre Curtin within the project 'Following the Money from Transaction to Trial:Financial Security after 9/11 (FOLLOW)', financed by an ERC Consolidator Grant. It is co-sponsored by ACELG and ACCESS EUROPE.

Published by  ACELG