2nd Swiss Re Symposium on Data Protection: Privacy without borders

07 Nov 2012

Organised by: Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

About the event

Only within the last few years, data protection and privacy have become part of the boardroom agenda. Tackling data protection issues today goes way beyond the issue of consumer protection. It has now become a major requirement to be addressed in any B-2-B process as well.

Yet, the biggest challenge when running any business in compliance with data protection, privacy laws and regulations is the fact that compliance needs to be ensured on a global scale, while laws and regulations are still local in nature. In addition, technological progress outpaces reforms, adjustments to data protection laws and regulations, while the transfer of data across jurisdictions is not a mere option anymore but standard procedure.

The insurance sector, having become a global industry, has tried to keep up with the complex requirements on data protection compliance and cross-border data transfers. This symposium aims to promote a global dialogue between data protection authorities, insurance companies and technology firms on the challenges of data protection for the global insurance business.

This event will be broadcasted live, photographed, videotaped, filmed and/ or recorded. A summary of the event, pictures and/or a video of the event in which you may appear may be posted and made available on Swiss Re’s and the Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue’s internal and external websites and in printed materials.

Agenda

9.30

Welcome coffee

10.00

Welcome address and opening remarks
Thomas Hyatte, Chief Compliance Officer, Swiss Re

10.30

Data protection in a globalised world
Peter J. Hustinx European Data Protection Supervisor, European Union

Presentation

11.15

Cross-border data transfers in the insurance industry –remarks from the practitioner
Dr. Jyn Schultze-Melling LL.M., Chief Privacy Officer, Allianz Germany Group, Munich

Presentation

12.00

Lunch break

13.00

Buckle down and tackle the unmanageable
Harriet P. Pearson, Partner, Privacy and Information Group, Hogan Lovells US LLP

13.45

Symposium Panel Discussion
Dr. Stefan Weiss (Moderator), Global Data Protection Officer, Swiss Re

14.30

Summary and closing remarks


This event will be broadcasted live, photographed, videotaped, filmed and/ or recorded. A summary of the event, pictures and/or a video of the event in which you may appear may be posted and made available on Swiss Re’s and the Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue’s internal and external websites and in printed materials.

Speakers

Summary

"One thing should be clear, even though we live in a world in which we share personal information more freely than in the past, we must reject the conclusion that privacy is an outmoded value. It has been at the heart of our democracy from its inception, and we need it now more than ever.”  US President Barack Obama, 23 February 2012

Peter Hustinx, the EU's European Data Protection Supervisor opened the symposium with these words. Privacy rights, he noted, are a global concern. Europeans are particularly sensitive to the issue due to well-documented abuses in the last century. Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) provides that "Everyone has the right to the protection of personal data concerning him or her. Such data must be processed fairly for specified purposes and on the basis of the consent of the person concerned or some other legitimate basis laid down by law". In 2007, Article 16 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) established a new legal basis for a modernised and comprehensive approach to data protection and the free movement of personal data.

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