Privacy and data protection in SEE+ during the COVID-19 pandemic
24 SeptemberSep 2020 11:00 - 12:00
This session will have a particular focus on safeguarding privacy in crisis situations, specifically in the context of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It will assess best practices and lessons learnt with regard to local practices of COVID-19 tracking apps in the SEE+ region, while exploring questions such as: How can we balance the private interest of data protection with the public interest of preserving public health in times of COVID-19 pandemic and beyond in the context of COVID-19 tracking apps? What are the preliminary findings on the effectiveness of these apps in the fight against COVID-19? What human rights implications have already been revealed? Have there been any data breached connected to these apps? What remedies are in place?
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Ceren Ünal | Regional Policy Manager – Europe, Internet Society (co-moderator)
Ceren Ünal studied law at Ankara University, subsequently gaining an LLM degree from Queen Mary, University of London, specialising in Computer and Communications Law as a British Chevening Scholar. Always fascinated by the Internet and the challenges and opportunities it presents to the law as we know it, Ceren has been teaching and consulting on IT/Internet law issues since 2003. Since 2017, she has been working as the Regional Policy Manager at the Internet Society European Bureau, focusing on a wide variety of Internet policy issues including privacy and data protection, IoT and cybersecurity.
Meri Baghdasaryan | LL.M candidate, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School (co-moderator)
Meri Baghdasaryan is a human rights attorney from Armenia. She is a national consultant with the Council of Europe and an LL.M Candidate at University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School (USA). She also served as a human rights junior expert for UNDP Armenia. Meri holds an LL.M degree in Human rights from the Central European University (Budapest, Hungary). She has been involved in the Internet governance (IG) ecosystem since 2016, focused on issues related to data protection, freedom of speech and youth participation in IG.
Olga Kyryliuk | CEO & Founder, The Influencer Platform (contributor)
Olga Kyryliuk is CEO & Founder of The Influencer Platform, a Ukrainian-based organization that trains and unites influencers of all generations who stand for digital rights, equal opportunities, women empowerment, and the open Internet. Olga is currently serving on the SEEDIG Executive Committee and is a founding member of the Internet Freedom Network for Eastern, Central Europe, and Eurasia. Her sphere of interests lies at the intersection of law and technology and includes, inter alia, digital rights, Internet governance, data protection, artificial intelligence, digital sovereignty, and content regulation. She provides consultancy and expert support to Freedom House, Council of Europe and a range of international companies working all over the world.
Pavlina Ittelson | Senior Program Officer, Diplo US (contributor)
Ms Pavlina Ittelson is Senior Program Officer at Diplo US. An attorney by training, she focuses on topics of jurisdiction and alternative dispute resolution involving online interactions and data flows. Under the Geneva Internet Platform, Ms Ittelson conducts in-depth research of contact tracing apps, their impacts on privacy and data protection, interoperability aspects, and related cybersecurity concerns.
Sophie Kwasny | Head of Data Protection Unit, Council of Europe (contributor)
Sophie is the Head of the Data Protection Unit of the Council of Europe (international organisation based in France) and is responsible for standard-setting (notably the long awaited modernisation exercise of the Council of Europe landmark Convention, known as ‘Convention 108’) and policy on data protection and privacy. She is a graduate of the Strasbourg Law University and has been working for the Council of Europe for over 20 years on a variety of topics ranging from prisons’ reforms to medical insurance, or from the independence of the judiciary to nationality law.
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