With the recent developments around the NSA data collection efforts, with the ability of smartphone apps to track location and behaviour of users, with the perspective of Google and other internet companies entering private bedrooms via smart metering technology, alarm clocks or other devices in the era of internet of things it has become obvious, that existing rules on Data Protection need to be modernized if the right to informational self-determination is to remain meaningful. In the midst of the European Union debates concerning a new EU Regulation on Data Protection the discussants will focus on the following topics:
- How to empower citizens to be involved in decision making related to their own data and having more control of their data.
- How the new EU Regulation could grant greater rights to citizens such as the right to removal, data portability, wider and more simplified access and how these could be made efficiently enforceable.
- How it can be guaranteed that the interpretation and implementation of data protection rules amongst the 28 member states happens in a unified manner and whether this is a sufficient answer in view of developments in other parts of the world.