Countdown to GDPR

What's (really) changing for users and enterprises?

Countdown to GDPR

What's (really) changing for users and enterprises?

On May 4, 2016, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was presented to the public. The European Commission, Parliament and Council debated for more than four years until they finally agreed on a draft. The declared aim of GDPR: to harmonise the protection of personal data and improve it throughout the EU. GDPR will thus replace existing and mostly country-specific regulations. In about eight weeks, the two-year implementation phase will end, during which companies that operate in the European Union and work with personal data were able to familiarise themselves with the new rules.

Two years is a long time. And yet the GDPR presents many companies, whether small or large, with completely new challenges, with which many still have difficulties. On the one hand, small companies in particular lack resources, and on the other hand, the new set of rules does not appear to be particularly simple at first glance: For instance, the framework strengthens users’ rights and introduces procedural requirements for data-processing companies, as well as new legal principles that will also need to be tackled and implemented on a technical level – such as ‘data portability’.

Many companies as well as consumers still have a lot of questions – despite the fact that the GDPR will come into force in less than two months. To address these, Mozilla will be hosting a panel talk at its Berlin office at Schlesische Straße 27 on April 12, 2018. Anyone interested in GDPR, whether consumer, journalist or entrepreneur/start-up employee/IT expert or newbie, is cordially invited to join onsite (register here). Those who unfortunately cannot attend in person have the opportunity to follow the English-language panel and Q&A session via AirMozilla and YouTube. Your only disadvantage: we are not yet able to digitally transfer the delicious snacks at the event to you.

On the panel to discuss GDPR implementations for both consumers and enterprises:

Stefan Lampe, Federal Agency for Civic Education, is an expert on net policy and in charge of the data protection dossier at Here, consumers can learn more about freedom on the web, protection of their personal information and practical measures to improve their digital privacy.

As Director Government Relations EMEA at BlackBerry, Dirk Heitepriem is responsible for relations with governments, parliaments and authorities in Europe. He works with them to secure confidential mobile communications.

Dr. Nikolaus Lindner, Director Government Relations DE & EEC at eBay, takes care of all legal and sociopolitical issues of the online marketplace in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Katharina Nocun, net activist, writer and expert on data privacy.

The event will be moderated by Léa Steinacker, Chief Innovation Officer at WirtschaftsWoche and expert on cutting-edge digital topics that move users and companies alike.

We are looking forward to welcoming many guests! Registration for onsite attendance is requested by April 11, 2018. Please find the full event information summed up below:

Data Protection in the EU: What’s About to Change with GDPR?

Expert panel and open Q&A in English language


Thursday, April 12, 2018

Admission starts at 6:30pm * Panel: 7pm * Open Q&A: 7:50pm


Mozilla Berlin

GSG-Hof Schlesische Straße 27, Building 3, 4th Floor

10997 Berlin


Please register here for the open panel until April 11, 2018. For the live stream, registration is not required.

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