On Friday November 2nd 2018, eLaw, the Center for Law and Digital Technologies at Leiden University, successfully hosted a one-day conference on the new EU Data Protection Law that came into force earlier this year. The focus of the conference (in English) was on the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Law Enforcement Directive 2016/680 (LED) for the processing of criminal law data.

The conference, moderated by prof. dr. Simone van der Hof, attracted approximately one hundred participants interested in the EU data protection reform. The program consisted of four in-depth sessions dealing with the GDPR and the LED. The first presentation by professor Gerrit-Jan Zwenne discussed the background, scope and basic terminology of the GDPR; the second presentation by Dr. Bart Schermer set forth the principles for the fair processing of personal data and supervision of the GDPR; the third presentation by Dr. Bart Custers discussed the data subject rights and data controller obligations of the GDPR; and the fourth presentation by Dr. Mark Leiser projected the state of personal data in law enforcement under Directive 2016/680.

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