The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was introduced by the European Commission in May 2018 to protect the personal data of individuals in the E.U.. The Commissions says that GDPR has succeeded in this goal, which has also given the E.U. a competitive advantage by establishing a clear standard for privacy protection.
However, the Covid-19 pandemic has exposed some issues when it comes to research and development. Some economies, including the United States, Canada and China, have been using AI to research the virus. However, Europe has not been able to follow suit to the same degree, given the restrictions under GDPR.
To address this, the Commission will put forward a White Paper on AI at the beginning of 2021 to set new rules for AI. These aim to ensure transparency, accountability and consumer protection through robust governance and data quality requirements.
Does the E.U. need to make a choice between data protection under GDPR and technology advancement? Can GDPR adequately serve its purpose when unexpected developments, such as a pandemic, arise? How will the new AI rules help the E.U. to shape the digital technology market?
At this seminar, organized by the Chamber's Europe Committee, we are honoured to have Charles Whiteley, First Counsellor and Head of Political, Press and Information Section of the European Union Office to Hong Kong and Macau, evaluate the GDPR and share the European Commission's new rules on AI governance.
He will be joined by Martin Fan, Managing Director of TUV Rheinland HK, who will discuss the changes that GDPR has brought to businesses in Europe, the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, and how the new AI rules will help protect personal data against a background of digitalization and cybercrime.
Register now to learn about the E.U.'s commitment to protect personal data in the digital era.