How to win EU customers despite data protection concerns?

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"Cloud computing after Safe Harbor: How to win EU customers despite data protection concerns"


Many businesses depend on transferring data around the globe. Be it for employee management, customer relations, or backing up their valuable business data. Companies from the European Union must comply with data protection laws when sending personal data outside the EU. Israeli technology and online services providers need to know and obey the regulations when working with EU customers. The reason is that EU customers will enquire about subcontractors in the United States.

Onward data transfers to the U.S. are under heavy fire from EU data protection authorities at the moment. On 6 October 2015, the Court of Justice of the EU nullified the so-called Safe Harbor mechanism due to mass surveillance concerns. About 4,000 U.S. vendors and group headquarters had relied on the Safe Harbor, and many thousands of EU subsidiaries and customers with them. The European Commission has just released its plans for a new mechanism, dubbed the Privacy Shield. Its fate is uncertain, though, as political stakeholders and privacy advocates continue to offer harsh criticism.

In this lecture, you will learn which data transfer safeguards still work for your EU customers, and what data security questions to expect from German prospects and more.


1. Thorsten Ihler, a German attorney-at-law in Fieldfisher's Hamburg office. He is part of the firm's Privacy, Security and Information Law Group. Thorsten enjoys supporting regulated technology and media companies with his privacy and data security expertise.

2. Alon Saposhnik, an Israeli lawyer, founder & manager of Alon Saposhnik, Law Office holds Master’s degree in Law and Business from Bucerius Law School & WHU – Business School (Hamburg & Vallendar, Germany). Alon specializes in Privacy & Data Bases regulations in Israel and in the EU, and he focuses in particular on the Technology sector as well as on Medical Devices and Healthcare sectors.

· The event shall be in English.


17:15-17:30 - Gathering

17:30-17:35 - Opening Remarks - Dr. Eyal Benjamin

17:35 - 18:15 - "Cloud computing after Safe Harbor: How to win EU customers despite data protection concerns" - Thorsten Ihler and Alon Saposhnik.

18:15-18:45 - Questions from the audience.

18:45-19:30 – Networking, coffee, drinks and light refreshments.

*The event is open to the crowd and free of charge*