Big Data: Beyond the innovation vs protection dilemma

Louise DECOURCELLE

Project Manager, Confrontations Europe

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This seminar took place with the following speakers:
Benjamin ANDRE, CEO & Co-Founder of CozyCloud
Michal BONI, MEP (EPP, PL), Founding Member of the Digital Agenda Intergroup
Eric PETERS, Deputy Head of Unit, Digital Single Market, DG CNECT

The digital identity of private and public European organizations represented 53 billion euros in 2011, according to the Boston Consulting Group. By 2020, all sectors combined could represent up to 330 billion. Data have become the new currency in the digital economy and the growth opportunities in the areas of Big Data or the Internet of Things are often branded as another Eldorado. But such wealth might dwindle if confident relations are not established. The American hegemony in this field seems almighty, but the PRISM scandal has shook the confidence of many Europeans. With the upcoming Digital Single Market Strategy, Confrontations Europe gathered stakeholders with a different background – from a startup to the European Parliament – for this timely workshop to discuss the following questions:
What options does Europe have to reclaim control over our data? Should it reinforce its existing legislation through new fundamental rights, by new tools? How to concretely assure a just and fair balance between freedom of speech, private life and economic development of innovative activities in Europe? What actions could Europe support to develop common norms that would allow European start-ups to grow in a trustworthy climate, where the new uses would be appropriately monitored?

You will find the report of the meeting in a PDF document above.

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