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Galexia director Chris Connolly will be assisting in the presentation of a two day expert meeting on Data Protection and Privacy: Implications for Trade and Development on 19-20 April in Geneva. The meeting is part of the United Nations E-Commerce Week (Geneva, April 18-22).

The E-Commerce Week is hosted by UNCTAD - the UN Conference on Trade and Development. The week includes sessions on cybercrime readiness, consumer protection online, ICT policy reviews and the proposed Action Plan for Aid for eTrade. The week concludes with the launch of the UNCTAD B2C E-Commerce Index 2016 (Measuring Cross-Border E-Commerce).

A highlight of the E-Commerce Week is the Ad Hoc Expert Meeting on Data Protection and Privacy: Implications for Trade and Development (19-20 April). Galexia Director Chris Connolly has been assisting UNCTAD as a consultant in preparing a new report on privacy and trade, and he will be moderating the meeting.

The UNCTAD meeting invitation states:

"The increasing global relevance of activities and transactions online and the changing nature of the information economy, enhances the importance of coherence between data protection and privacy frameworks that can help foster innovation and trade while at the same time protect against unnecessary intrusions. Recent and expected regulatory changes in the field of data protection and privacy as well as diverging approaches in different parts of the world, call for renewed discussion on possible ways forward.
This ad hoc expert meeting will contribute to ensure global communication on the subject to understand emerging topics in data protection and privacy, new challenges and opportunities, as it relates to unlocking the potential for cross-border trade. Industry players and consumers, as well as governments and international organizations will present their perspectives and outline the latest developments, current practices and relevant frameworks.
The Ad Hoc expert meeting will commence with the presentation of the UNCTAD Study on Data Protection and International Data Flows. Representatives from public and private stakeholders will then take the floor to discuss thematic topics and present their experiences. Invited delegates include representatives from the African Union Commission, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, the Commonwealth, the Council of Europe, the East African Secretariat, the ECOWAS Commission, European Union, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the United States Federal Trade Commission, UNOHCHR, International Chamber of Commerce, the Computer and Communications Industry Association, Consumer International, Google, Microsoft, and eBay and other e-commerce platforms from developing countries."

More details are available at: <http://unctad.org/en/pages/newsdetails.aspx?OriginalVersionID=1194>