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International datACT conference

The European conference "Data protection and right to privacy for marginalised groups: a new challenge in anti-trafficking policies" focused on data protection as a new challenge in anti-trafficking policies in the digital age. Participants from 15 countries exchanged experiences on relevant topics, including data collection procedures and victim’s protection, European data protection developments and the rights of marginalised populations, counseling centres and National Rapporteur mechanisms, and the right to privacy for trafficked persons.

Below, you find a selection of the presentations held at the conference. As simultaneous translation was offered during the conference, the presentations are only available in either German or English.

Wednesday 25.9.2013


Ulrike Hiller, State Secretary, Bremen
Bärbel Heide Uhl
: Introducing datACT PDF >

Panel discussion: Data protection, human rights and anti-trafficking politics: a new challenge in the digital age?

Gulnara Shahinian, UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery PDF >
Thilo Weichert, data protection commissioner Schleswig-Holstein, Germany PDF >
Marjan Wijers, independent human rights and anti-trafficking specialist, The Netherlands PDF >

Moderator: Ulrike Gatzke, Member of the European Commission’s Group of Experts on Trafficking in Human Beings

Thursday 26.9.2013


Claudia Aradau, King’s College London, Department of War Studies: "Acting on the future: human trafficking and preventive logics" PDF >

Panel I: European data protection developments and the rights of marginalised populations

Julia Planitzer, Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights: Art. 11 Council of Europe Convention ‘Protection of Private Life’ PDF >
Maria Giovanna Manieri, PICUM: EUROSUR, surveillance technologies and migrants rights PDF >

Moderator: Susanne Schatral, University of Bremen

Panel II: Between access to support and ‘dataveillance’: data collection, identification of trafficked persons and the right to privacy

Jan van Dijk, Tilburg University, Member of GRETA: Towards common standards in statistics on human trafficking in the EU PDF >
Bas de Visser, CoMensha: Data collection and the obligation to confidentiality for NGO counselors PDF >
Lucie Otáhalová, La Strada Czech Republic: Challenges in data protection for counseling centres PDF >
Naile Taniş, KOK: Data collection in Germany from a civil society perspective PDF >
Maya Indira Ganesh, Tactical Technology Collective: Monitoring the abuse of power through social media PDF >

Moderator: Suzanne Hoff, La Strada International

Friday 27.9.2013

Panel III: National Rapporteur or Equivalent Mechanisms (NREM): good practices in data protection

Corinne Dettmeijer-Vermeulen, Dutch National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings: The Dutch Rapporteur Mechanism PDF >
Rita Penedo, Observatory Portugal: Towards a Pan-European monitoring system of trafficking in human beings PDF >
Nadia Kozhouharova, Animus/La Strada Bulgaria: Role of civil society in data collection in Bulgaria PDF >
Birgit Schweikert, Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth: State of art of a German Rapporteur mechanism PDF >

Moderator: Jacqueline Berman, Mathematica Policy Research

Panel IV: Right to privacy for marginalised groups? Strategies and challenges

Marieke van Doorninck, La Strada International: Civil society and critical anti-trafficking discourses in Europe
Alexander Dix, Berlin data protection commissioner: Adjusting Privacy by Design and Privacy Impact Assessment for anti-trafficking measures PDF >
padeluun, Digital Courage: Alliances for data protection
Werner Hülsmann, FIfF e.V.: Civil society alliances for strengthening data protection in Europe PDF >

Moderator: Klára Skřivánková, Anti-Slavery International

© KOK- German NGO network against trafficking in human beings