FRA discussed the findings from its ‘Access to data protection remedies in EU Member States’ report in light of the revised EU data protection rules at the Academy of European Law’s Annual Conference on European Data Protection Law 2016 in Brussels.
This year’s conference, which ran from on 7 to 8 April, gathered around 80 legal professionals and data protection specialists from almost all Member States and staff members of EU institutions. It focussed on the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation which is about to be formally adopted and will enter into force mid 2018. The main purpose of the event was to raise awareness about how EU data protection rules have changed and what needs to be done to make them work in practice. Besides FRA, representatives from the European Commission, European Parliament, national governments, academia and the business sector, the European Data Protection Supervisor, national Data Protection Commisioners, and a former judge from the Court of Justice of the EU spoke during the conference.