- Klaus Botzet, Head of the Political, Security, and Development Section, Delegation of the European Union to the United States of America
- Julie Brill, Partner and Co-lead, Global Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice, Hogan Lovells
- Susan Hennessey, Fellow in National Security in Governance Studies, Brookings Institution
- Tim Ridout, Fellow, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
The EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework was officially adopted on July 12 after being approved by the U.S. Department of Commerce, EU Commission, and EU member states. The agreement replaces the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework, which was invalidated in October of 2015 based on a ruling by the Court of the Justice of the European Union commonly known as the Schrems Decision. Outlining the conditions under which data can be transferred – and how the data must be treated – between the United States and EU member states, Privacy Shield is crucial for many businesses in the United States and Europe, some of which are already beginning to self-certify under the new framework. Some in European countries argue that Privacy Shield does not go far enough to protect privacy, and the inevitable legal analyses to come could result in a court challenge.
Aside from digging into the specifics of Privacy Shield and its prospects for the future, this panel will delve into the underlying political disagreements about the appropriate role of corporations and the state in the lives of average citizens, as well as freedom of speech and the right to privacy. Enhancing mutual understanding on these contentious issues is among the goals of this discussion.
Klaus Botzet is head of the Political, Security and Development Section in the Delegation of the European Union to the United States of America. He joined the EU Delegation in March 2014. An experienced diplomat, he has worked for more than two decades in the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany. Mr. Botzet served most recently as Director/Head of Division of the U.S. and Canada office at the Foreign Office in Berlin.
Julie Brill is a partner and co-lead of the global privacy and cybersecurity practice of Hogan Lovells. From April 2010 through March 2016, she was a Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission. She has been widely recognized as one of the leading thinkers on global privacy issues. She has received numerous national awards for her work. In 2014, she received the Privacy Leader of the Year Award from the International Association of Privacy Professionals and the New York University School of Law Alumna of the Year Award. She also was recently elected to the American Law Institute.
Susan Hennessey is a fellow in National Security in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution. She is the managing editor of the Lawfare blog, which is devoted to sober and serious discussion of “Hard National Security Choices.” She focuses on national security issues surrounding cybersecurity, surveillance, federal terrorism prosecutions, and congressional oversight of the intelligence community. Prior to joining Brookings, Ms. Hennessey was an attorney in the Office of General Counsel of the National Security Agency.