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The Public Voice:
"Privacy is Freedom"

Held in conjunction with the
33rd International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners

October 31, 2011

Hilton Mexico City Reforma
#70. Colonia Centro,
Mexico City, Mexico


The Public Voice Coalition


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Goals of the conference

  • Review the status of the Madrid Declarations (Civil Society and DPA/CPC documents)
  • Assess cultures and privacy perspectives from around the World
  • Raise Public Awareness on Surveillance Technology and its consequences to consumers, freedom of expression, human rights
  • Explore Latin American policy, law, and technology perspectives on privacy
  • Freedom of express as well as the Right to Privacy
  • Establish networking opportunities for Mexico based civil society and consumer rights advocates with members of the Public Voice


  • Electronic Privacy Information Center
  • Trans Atlantic Consumer Dialogue
  • North American Consumer Project on Electronic Commerce
  • Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • Privacy International


08:00 Registration / Coffee

08:25 Convenes Meeting and Introduces Jacqueline Peshard, Lillie Coney, Associate Director, EPIC (USA)

08:30 Welcome Jacqueline Peschard, President, Institute for Access to Information and Data Protection (MEX)

08:40 The Madrid Declaration: Two Years Later...

Two years ago, civil society organizations and the Data Protection Commissioners both gathered in Madrid, and drafted and adopted two Declarations, which reaffirms international privacy norms, identifies new challenges, and sets out specific objectives. This panel will review concrete examples of progress and where more can be done to make progress on both Declarations.

Moderator: Cristos Velasco (GER)
Panel: Peter Schaar, Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (GER)
Isabel Davara Fernández de Marcos, Instituto Tecnológico
Autónomo de México, ITAM (MEX)
John M. Wilson, Organization of American States (USA)
Rafael García Gozalo, Spanish Data Protection Agency (ESP)
Mrs. Lina Ornelas Núñez, Director General for Privacy Self-Regulation, IFAI

10:00 Cultures and Privacy Around the World

This panel will consider whether privacy and data protection are really culture and generation dependent as it is often claimed; is it really the case that some countries/communities are more tolerant to privacy invasions and sharing data than others? And what are the public views on privacy? Is there any evidence to demonstrate what people around the world really thinks about their rights to privacy, and how do authorities make use of this in their policies and legislative measures? In other words do various legislative measures/ implementation approaches reflect cultures/reality?

Moderator: Alberto Cerda, ONG Derechos Digitales
Panel: Jacob Kohnstamm, Chair, Article 29 Working Party (EU)
David Vladeck, FTC (USA)
Lara Ballard, Special Advisor for Privacy and Technology, Department of State (US)
Zhou Hanhua, (CHN)
Moez Chakchouk: CEO, Tunisian Internet Agency (TUN)

11:00 Break

11:30 Raising Public Awareness on Privacy vs Technology

Privacy rights are challenged by emerging technology in the form of facial recognition applications, employment verification programs, Internet identification systems, emerging technologies like smart meters (tracking electricity usage), automobile black boxes (record, track, and monitor automobiles), and public access to many forms of tracking technology for private use. This panel will explore the myths and realities of privacy vs. technology. Why does some new forms of technology threaten privacy? Why is privacy important to the way of life as defined by cultures and societies around the world? Are privacy and security two sides of the same coin? What can happen when knowing the intimate details of another person's life is valued above all else? Can technology, policy, and innovation work together to provide both privacy and security?

Moderator: Pablo Molina, Georgetown Law Center CIO (USA)
Panel: Danilo Doneda (BRA)
Michael Donohue, OECD 

Omer Tene, Stanford Law School, Israeli College of Management School of Law (ISR)
Thomas Nortvedt,TACD Representative - Head of Section, Digital Services, Norwegian Consumer Council (NOR)

12:30 Lunch

13:20 Discussion: Children's Online Privacy

Analyze trends in global crime on the Internet and the answers should be given to these challenges from the perspective of crime prevention and criminal justice. Analyze what the government with information on the Internet to ensure the privacy of minors and how the identity cards issued to minors in Mexico may have beneficial effects to the growth of cyber crime.

Moderator: Korina Velázquez (MEX)
Guest Speaker: Adriana Labardini, Co-founder en Alconsumidor, A.C.
Discussants: Jeff Chester, Center for Digital Democracy (USA)
Kristina Irion, Assistant Professor, Center for Media and
Communications Studies, Central European University (via Remote)
Conchy Martin Rey, TACD (ESP)

14:20 Frame the Issues Related to Freedom of Expression

Both freedom of expression and respect for personal privacy are rights fundamental for a free society and are enshrined in laws, constitutions and international conventions. The two rights support each other in ensuing accountability of government. However, there has also long been a friction between the two rights relating to the mass media and the publication of personal information. The rapid development of social media and other technologies, which allow anyone with an Internet connection to be both a freedom of expression consumer of content and a contributor, has raised new issues.

When should invasions of privacy and reporting on the personal details of individual lives for news or entertainment be justified? What are the limits of the techniques used and who defines the public interest? What kind of public access should there be to personal data being held by government bodies? And how can the power of social media be responsibly harnessed to safeguard freedom of expression so that it does not undermine accepted norms and laws regarding privacy rights? Is there a freedom of expression justification for commercial exploitation of personal information by companies? This panel will explore all these challenging questions, and attempt to give answers to some of them.

Moderated Discussion: David Banisar, Senior Legal Counsel, ARTICLE 19
Marc Rotenberg, President, EPIC

14:40 Break

15:00 Are We Entitled to a "Right to Forget"?

How does anonymity exist? It exists because people are not engineered to remember, but are designed to forget. The Internet and surveillance age have changed that for good. In the context of digital communication technologies, the Droit d' Oubli concept emerged over a year ago when France first debated such a law, which was rejected by its Parliament. It has since re-emerged as the Right to Forget, as promoted by Commissioner Redding of the EU in the context of the revision of the data protection legislation. It has been defined as a right that could protect an individual's privacy and stop them from being permanently held to ransom by (unguarded) actions from their past. The right has been tested in the courts of Spain in a personal reputation case linked to Google name searches; it is hotly debated on all sides, on ethical, intellectual property, public interest and freedom of expression grounds. This panel will explore in depth this complex issue from all sides; in particular, should and can such a right be enshrined in legislation, and if so in what circumstances and under which criteria? And is digital communication technology able to support such a right?

Moderator: Simon Davies, Privacy International (GBR)
Panel: Marie-Helene Boulanger, Head of Unit, Data Protection, Director General Justice (European Commission)
Peter Fleischer, Google
Christopher Soghoian (USA)
Alejandro Pisanty, (MEX)
David Banisar (GBR)

16:30 Transparency, Privacy, Security and Accountability of Government Databases of Personal Information.

How the government guarantees the security of personal data it has. How reliable are the controls used to protect data? At the risk of theft, leakage and leakage of information, how the government act to protect the population.

Moderator: Gus Hosein, Privacy International
Panel: Jessica Matus(CHI)
Cedric Laurant, Cedric Laurant Consulting - Access
Katitza Rodriguez, Electronic Frontier Foundation (USA)
Meryem Marzouki, CNRS & Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France
Caspar Bowden, EDRi

17:30 Adjournment


Online Participation

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Online Visibility Team

Renata Avila Pinto (GUA), Director, Public Voice Mexico City Meeting Online Visibility

Katitza Rodriguez (PER), Global Coordinator, Real-time blogging of the Public Voice Mexico City Meeting

Language: Spanish


Antonio Martínez
Twitter: @criticapura

Cristos Velasco
Privacy Blog
Twitter: @ProtDataMx, @nacpec

Adriana Labardini
@consumedida Korina Velazquez
Twitter: @korivel

Joel Gómez Treviño
Twitter: @JoelGomezMX


Renata Avila Pinto (Global Voices)
Twitter: @avilarenata


Katitza Rodriguez
Twitter: @txitua


Fátima Cambronero!/facambronero
@facambronero Córdoba, Argentina


Conchy Martin Rey
Twitter: @SapphiresMom

Pablo Molina
Twitter: @pablogmolina Brazil

Danilo Doneda
Twitter: @ddoneda

Language French

Cedric Laurant
Twitter: @cedric_laurant

Language English

Beth Rosenberg (EPIC)
Twitter: @EPICprivacy, @PrivChat, @Privacy140

Maria Sutton (EFF)
Twitter: @mairasutton, @eff

David Banisar
Twitter: @article19law


The Madrid Declaration Two Years Later:

Cultures and Privacy Around the World:

Raising Public Awareness on Privacy vs Technology:

Discussion: Children's Online Privacy:

Frame the Issues Related to Freedom of Expression:

Are We Entitled to a "Right to Forget"?

Transparency, Privacy, Security and Accountability of Government Databases of Personal Information:


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