Governing European values inside data flows

Transnational data flows and their potential for surveillance pose significant challenges for the domestic public policy and sovereignty of European governments. In the last decade, the cross-border movement of digital services and data has been disruptive to a range of European legal frameworks and has impacted on critical public interests.

On 29 January 2021 Thorsten Wetzling contributed to a discussion on how digitized public service can be protected from a surveillance creep. This was part of the international online workshop “Governing European values inside data flows” that aimed at identifying strategies and approaches that can protect human rights and societal values inside global data flows to strike a balance between the rule of law and innovation policy that underpins a robust information civilization.

The workshop was organized as a collaboration between the Amsterdam Centre for European Studies, the Institute for Information Law of the University of Amsterdam and and the research project “The Governance of Big Data in Trade Agreements” at the University of Lucerne.