Trust in Digital Life

Trust in Digital Life (TDL) is a membership association comprising leading multinational corporations, SMEs, universities and research institutes who exchange experience, share market and technology insights to make digital services in Europe and beyond trustworthy, reliable and safe. TDL helps both protect the rights of citizens and create new business opportunities in the European Digital Single Market.  TDL is a place where members exchange ideas, about leading edge technology, services and legislation providing new insights and innovation that can lead to policy recommendations and influence. Find out more who we are and what we do

An Evening Panel Discussion: Benefits and Risks of Emerging Technologies and the GDPR

On Wednesday, 16 February 2022, from 19:00-20:30, an evening panel discussion from Trust in Digital Life, CyberSec4Europe and the Representation of the State of Hessen to the EU on the topic of ‘Benefits and risks of emerging technologies and the GDPR’.

Participation is free of charge, but please register in advance

Setting the scene

It is increasing apparent that the corporate world’s endeavours to ensure the security of all its assets coexist with the legal and ethical imperative to provide adequate and compliant protection of their customers’ data are in danger of having to compromise on both fronts. An example is whether the restrictions on the use of biometrics in upcoming regulations are too harsh. It should be in everyone’s interests to maximise the opportunities offered by technology against the risks.

This evening’s panel will explore the issues and concerns arising from the emergence of new technologies and the rights of individuals concerning the protection of personal data as enshrined in the GDPR. In other words, if there is a challenge in making artificial intelligence, blockchain, and future Internet of Things and 5G/6G network technologies compliant with security and privacy by design requirements, then it should be addressed sooner rather than later. Looking ahead, we should already be considering the impact of post-quantum cryptography on privacy – and understanding how we can leverage any innovative technology to be compliant with data protection and privacy regulations.


18.45 Event opens

19.00 Welcome:

  • Uwe Becker, Secretary of State for European Affairs of the State of Hessen
  • Kai Rannenberg, Director, Trust in Digital Life Director and Lead,CyberSec4Europe

19.10 Panel Discussion:  Benefits and risks of emerging technologies and the GDPR

Panelists include:

  • Wojciech WiewiórowskiEuropean Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS)
  • Irina Orssich, Head of Sector AI Policy, DG CONNECT, European Commission
  • Lars Bruckner, Director, EU Public Affairs Office, NEC Laboratories  Europe GmbH   
  • Ivana Bartoletti, Global Chief Privacy Officer, Wipro
  • Vincenzo Tiani, Partner, PANETTA Law Firm, Brussels


  • David Goodman, Trust in Digital Life Association

20.30 Session ends  

Participation is free of charge, but please register in advance

In Memory of Kim Cameron

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The author of the Laws of Identity, the foundation of the identity layer that our digital society needs, sadly passed away on 30 November 2021.

The legacy of his lifetime's work will continue to inspire.

Read more of Kim's professional work and achievements.

Horizon 2020 Project Involvement

(1) The 42-month CyberSec4Europe pilot project that started on 1 February 2019 is now in its third year. On 29 June, the Commission carried out a review of the project's activities during the second 14 month period: all deliverables submitted during this time were accepted and are available here, including the contribution of TDL itself as well as TDL members Goethe University of Frankfurt (project coordinator), University of Murcia, NEC Laboratories Europe GmbH, CONCEPTIVITY and KU Leuven. The CyberSec4Europe consortium consists of 43 partners from 20 Member States and two Associated Countries as well as over 40 Associate Partners and more than 100 Friends.

(2) CSI-COP (Citizen Scientists Investigating Cookies and App GDPR compliance) is a 42-month Horizon 2020 project under the Science with and for Society (SwafS) programme which started in January 2020 that is leveraging a European-wide community of citizen scientists in collaboration with a trans-disciplinary team to investigate tracking-by-default in website cookies and smartphone apps. The CSI-COP consortium is led by Coventry University with nine other partners (including TDL!) from Greece, Hungary, Finland, Israel, Czech Republic, Germany, Spain and the UK.

The goals of CSI-COP include:

  • Raise awareness of data protection rights accorded in the GDPR
  • Foster a culture of privacy-preserving development in digital technologies
  • Nurture citizen science pro-privacy champions

Would you like to find out more about CSI-COP - go here.

Would you like to become a citizen scientist - this is how to get involved.

Read about how it started here.

Goethe University Frankfurt
KU Leuven
Microsoft France
University of Murcia
NEC Laboratories Europe
Truxtun Capital