unctad.org | Ad Hoc Expert Meeting on Data Protection and Privacy: Implications for Trade and Development
Ad Hoc Expert Meeting on Data Protection and Privacy: Implications for Trade and Development
19 - 20 April 2016
Palais des Nations
Geneva, Switzerland

Key Issues

E-Commerce Week 2016

The increasing global relevance of activities and transactions online and the changing nature of the information economy, enhances the importance of coherence between data protection and privacy frameworks that can help foster innovation and trade while at the same time protect against unnecessary intrusions.

Recent and expected regulatory changes in the field of data protection and privacy as well as diverging approaches in different parts of the world, call for renewed discussion on possible ways forward.

This ad hoc expert meeting will contribute to ensure global communication on the subject to understand emerging topics in data protection and privacy, new challenges and opportunities, as it relates to unlocking the potential for cross-border trade.

Industry players and consumers, as well as governments and international organizations will present their perspectives and outline the latest developments, current practices and relevant frameworks.

The Ad Hoc expert meeting will commence with the presentation of the UNCTAD Study on Data Protection and International Data Flows.

Representatives from public and private stakeholders will then take the floor to discuss thematic topics and present their experiences.

Conference speakers include representatives from the African Union Commission, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, the Commonwealth, the Computer and Communications Industry Association, Consumers International, the Council of Europe, DIGITALEUROPE, the East African Community Secretariat, the ECOWAS Commission, the European Commission, Facebook, the Global Commission on Internet Governance, the Information Technology Industry Council, the International Chamber of Commerce, the McKinsey Global Institute, the National Board of Trade of Sweden, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, UNCTAD, UNOHCHR, the United States Federal Trade Commission, the World Trade Organization, and government representatives from countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Language(s):English; French; Spanish;
Covid-19 Advisory
In view of the current situation concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), it has been decided in the public interest to postpone all UNCTAD meetings scheduled in May 2020, including those listed below. New dates will be communicated in due time.
  • Multi-year Expert Meeting on Trade, Services and Development (5 to 6 May 2020)
  • Short course for Geneva-based delegates - Para 166 (8 May 2020)
  • Multi-year Expert Meeting on Investment, Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Productive Capacity-building and Sustainable Development (13 May 2020)
  • UNCTAD ad-hoc meetings
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