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Thursday 31 January 2019
Area 42 Grand
Privacy in Germany, PinG

Panel Description

25th May 2018 was a troubled date for many kinds of data processors. However, in particular the media - professionals (e.g. journalists) and amateurs (e.g. bloggers) - felt as if they were left out in the cold. Art. 85 GDPR leaves most of the responsibility to reconcile the right to the protection of personal data pursuant to the GDPR with the right to freedom of expression and information (Art. 11 CFR) to the member states. However, many states did little to nothing to pass specific rules to relieve the mentioned addressees. Thus, has the situation for the freedom of expression fundamentally changed? To what extent do certain rules of the GDPR enable or require a media-friendly interpretation? Which member states fulfilled their obligations to pass rules under Art. 85 GDPR? Could the lack of such rules enable a misuse of Data Protection Law that could jeopardize media freedoms? The panel will consider:

• The balance between data protection and freedom of expression after the GDPR
• New rules under Art. 85 GDPR in different Member States
• Potential jeopardy and uncertainties for press and media
• Overall effects for democracy in the EU


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