CPDP 2016 – Panel on “Privacy, Data Protection, and the Internet of Things”

Wednesday 27 January 2016, at 2 p.m.


The Internet of Things (IoT) creates an intelligent, invisible network fabric that can be sensed, controlled and programmed, in ways that enable artefacts to communicate, directly or indirectly, with each other and the internet. This network is rapidly and increasingly evolving into the networked connection of people, processes, data and things (i.e. the web of “everything”). While it promises to improve our lives, by anticipating our preferences, optimizing our choices and taking care of many daily habits, the evolution of IoT is likely to raise legal, ethical, economic and technological issues and challenges that may affect people’s rights and expectations as regards to their data and relations. The panel intends to bring together industrial developers of IoT, legal scholars and key EU institutions, in order to outline the theoretical and practical framework for a robust data protection and privacy-friendly environment.


Bullet Points

  • What is today’s state-of-the-art of IoT, its standards and design?
  • How will IoT realign people’s rights and expectations as regards to their data and relations?
  • How can we deliver the right information to the right person or machine?
  • Is any trade-off necessary between privacy, data protection, and the transmission, share, store and elaboration of data in secure environments?



Patricia Martigne (Chef de Projet at Orange Labs)

Erich Schweighofer (Arbeitsgruppe Rechtsinformatik, Universität Wien)

Brent Mittelstadt (Oxford Internet Institute)

Yung Shin Van Der Sype (KU Leuven)


Shara Monteleone (European Parliamentary Research Service)