Wednesday 23 January 2013

Soundbites from the CPDP conference

On the Regulation:

 “[It] is not the most appropriate way to proceed… [It] contains some good ideas but they need a lot more work … we should bring in a whole bunch of new people with more expertise.”  Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of the Republic of Estonia

“What will happen in 2013 is a defining moment for the proposal . It’s very challenging, but we hope to reach a political compromise by the end of the year.”  Francois le Bail, Director General DG Justice

“Core fundamental rights are not negotiable.” Jan Philipp Albrecht, MEP

“Data protection is not necessarily a Holy Grail if it provides a fig leaf for a lack of transparency in EU spending. No public money must be spent anonymously. Data protection means we don’t know where Common Agricultural Policy funds go – and these make up  40% of the EU’s budget.” Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of the Republic of Estonia

 “[It] means we could be putting our application developers to a distinct disadvantage to those outside the EU… It will kill certain industries in the EU but this will come with no benefit, as these developers will simply move offshore. Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of the Republic of Estonia

“We must not have a regulation that stifles innovation and puts such a burden on businesses.” Francois le Bail, Director General DG Justice

“The last thing we want is for the Commission to intervene all the time – but we want to make sure the decisions taken by the [Data Protection] Board are in conformity with the Regulation.”  Francois le Bail, Director General DG Justice

 “Consent is only one of several grounds for allowing for the lawful  processing of personal data – presumably the one you use when no other grounds apply.”  Francois le Bail, Director General DG Justice

“It is not the intention to limit international transfers of data.”  Francois le Bail, Director General DG Justice

 “We are ready to fight to give control back to consumers.” Kostas Rossoglou, BEUC

“Our role is not to facilitate more US business in Europe, but to encourage European innovation… We are very unhappy at the aggressive lobbying carried out by US firms in Brussels.”  Kostas Rossoglou, BEUC

“Trust is good. Control is better”.  Sophie In’t Veld MEP

On Cybercrime:

“You know how successful we have been at stopping physical crime, so you can guess how successful we are likely to be in relation to cybercrime… It is attractive to be a cyber criminal. The risks of getting caught are low and the potential rewards are very high.” Troels Oerting, Director of the European Cybercrime Centre at EUROPOL

“You are an old school loser if you are still planning a career in physical crime…. Hackers in China are paid by the gigabyte for what they are doing… The best way to improve infrastructure is by naming and shaming.”  Bart Jacobs, professor of Software Security and Correctness, Radboud University, Nijmegen

 “By a [EU/US] special relationship we mean circumventing due process.” Simon Davies, Privacy Surgeon


On Privacy:

“Privacy is so easy to look at and so hard to define”.  Peter Swire, Moritz College of Law of Ohio State University