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The Public Voice:
Global Privacy Standards for a Global World

November 3, 2009

Melia Castilla Hotel
Calle del Capitán Haya, 43
28020 Madrid, Spain

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


The Public Voice Coalition

Organizing Committee

Goals of the conference

  • Review the privacy developments of the past year and release the current edition of the Privacy and Human Rights report.
  • Promote civil society participation in decisions concerning the protection of privacy as both a fundamental human right and an essential facilitator for a global economy.
  • Develop global privacy standards in a global world.
  • Review and coordinate civil society involvement in privacy discussions in regional and other global arenas: CoE, EU, APEC, IGF, OECD, ITU, ICANN

Civil Society Madrid Declaration


  • Spanish Data Protection Authority
  • Electronic Privacy Information Center


  • 08:00 – 09:00 - Registration
  • 09:00 – 09:30 - Welcome Remarks
    • Mr. Marc Rotenberg, President, EPIC
    • Mr. Artemi Rallo Lombarte, Director, Agencia Española de Protección de Datos

  • 09:30 – 10:45 - “Privacy and Human Rights: The Year in Review”
    Review the privacy developments of the past year and release the current edition of the Privacy and Human Rights report.

    Moderator: Dean Anita L. Allen, University of Pennsylvania Law School (USA)

    • Mr. Matias Altamira, Iberoamerican Information Society Research Institute (Argentina)
    • Ms. Jaiok Kim, Consumer Korea (South Korea)
    • Ms. Meryem Marzouki, European Digital Rights (France)
    • Ms. Katitza Rodriguez, Electronic Privacy Information Center (Peru/USA)
    • Ms. Ofelia Tejerina, Asociación de Internautas (Spain)

  • 10:45 – 11:15 – Coffee Break

  • 11:15 - 12:40 m - "Privacy Activism: Major Campaigns"
  • Examples of privacy and data protection campaigns around the world, including surveillance of bloggers, data retention, identity cards, and RFID tracking. What can be achieved and what lessons can be learned? What is the role of public education?

    Moderator: Prof. Colin Bennett, University Of Victoria (Canada)

    • Ms. Renata Avila, Primera Palabra (Guatemala)
    • Ms. Willemiem Bax, BEUC (Belgium)
    • Mr. Ralf Bendrath, Delft University of Technology (Germany)
    • Mr. Antoni Farriols Solá, Comisión de Libertades e Informática (Spain)

  • 12:40 – 13:00 – Morning Session Closing Remarks
    • Mr. Stavros Lambrinidis, Vice President, European Parliament

  • 13:00 – 14:30 – Lunch

  • 14:30 – 15:45– “Your Data in the Cloud: What if it Rains?”
    Newest emerging issues in technology and business practices and implications for user privacy: Cloud Computing, Internet search, and Google Book Settlement.

    Moderator: Ms. Anna Fielder, TACD, Privacy International (UK)

    • Mr. Alexander B. Van Eesteren, Ixquick
    • Ms. Ann Cavoukian, Ph.D., Information & Privacy Commissioner Ontario, (Canada)
    • Mr. Michael Donohue, OECD
    • Mr. Andreas Kirsch, EDRi (Austria)
    • Prof. Hong Xue, Director Institute for the Internet Policy & Law, Beijing Normal University (China)
    • Mr. Cristos Velasco, General Director, North American Consumer Project on Electronic Commerce (Mexico)

  • 15:45 – 17:00– "Transborder Data Flow: Bridges, Channels or Walls?”
    Transborder Data Flow in the public and private Sector: From Passenger Name Records and financial transactions to Outsourcing Personal Data. When should data flows be facilitated and when should they be blocked?

    Moderator: Prof. Yves Poullet, Computing Research Centre, Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix (Belgium)

    • Mr. Nigel Waters, Australian Privacy Foundation (Australia)
    • Mr. Gus Hossein, Privacy International (UK)
    • Mr. Eddan Katz, Electronic Frontier Foundation (USA)
    • Mr. Ivan Ferrando Perea, President, CENTIC (Peru)
    • Mr. Francisco Javier "Patxi" Sanjuan, UGT, Member of CLI (Spain)
    • Mr. Pedro Martinez, Fiscal, Madrid High Court (Spain)

  • 17:00 – 17:30 – Break

  • 17:30 – 18:45 “Toward International Privacy Standards?”
    Presentation of the Madrid CS Declaration on Global Privacy Standards
    Mr. Marc Rotenberg, President, EPIC (USA)

    • Mr. Simon Davies, Privacy International (UK)
    • Mr. Rafael García Gozalo, Agencia Española de Protección de Datos (Spain)
    • Ms. Jennifer Stoddart, Privacy Commissioner, Canada (Canada)
    • Mr. Jacob Kohnstamm, EU Article 29 Group Vice-Chairman (Netherlands)

  • 18:45 – 19:00 Afternoon Session Closing Remarks
    • Mr. Peter Hustinx, Supervisor, European Data Protection Supervisor (Netherlands)


Paloma Llaneza pll AT palomallaneza DOT com

  • Paloma Llaneza's blog
  • Ms. Stephanie Perrin, PhD student in Information Studies, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto (Canada)

Online Participation

  • Live webcast
  • Twitter /Twitter Backchannel @thepublicvoice #privacidad (in Spanish) #globalprivacy (In English)

Press Release

Event URL


Online Visibility Team

  • Renata Avila (Guatemala) @avilarenata
  • Celia Blanco (Spain) @seliabv
  • Fatima Cambronero (Argentina) @facambronero
  • Rosa Jimenez Cano (Spain) @petezin
  • Paloma Llaneza (Spain) @palomallaneza
  • Paloma Llaneza's blog
  • Bogdan Manolea (Romania)
  • Katitza Rodriguez (Peru) @txitua
  • Cristos Velasco's blog (Mexico)
  • Graciela Selaimen (Brazil) @graci_selaimen


Katitza Rodríguez Pereda
The Public Voice Coordinator
Electronic Privacy Information Center
+1 202 483 1140 x204