In the context of the European Commission's plans for reforming the legal framework on data protection (on which we posted earlier), an EU-US conference is organised on 19 March 2012. More information can be found on the website of DG Justice, which states:
'The European Union recognises the protection of personal data as fundamental right; and the EU Treaties oblige the EU legislator to lay down a comprehensive set of rules. The EU is currently reviewing its legal framework on data protection; and this conference will contribute to reinforcing transatlantic dialogue at a time of concurrent policy and legislative initiatives in the EU and US. It will provide a forum for US and EU stakeholders from public and private sectors to obtain comprehensive, accurate and up-to-date information on EU data protection principles and the ongoing reform, and to discuss US and EU perspectives focusing on commercial privacy. The conference will also take stock of the operation of the EU-US Safe Harbour agreement and discuss issues regarding its further development.'
The conference will be held simultaneously in Washington DC and Brussels (via video conference link). A web cast will be made available, both live and after the conference.