BvD DPO Spring Congress 2021

Under the motto “Next Level Privacy – The Data Protection Officer as a Navigatting Guide in Digitalization”, we will be streaming our BvD DPO spring Congress live this year from 19 May – 21 May 2021 from Berlin. Of course, the online congress format offers the usual program quality and also puts the focus on the dialog among the participants. In addition to the extensive congress program, which will be broadcast live with professional technology from 4 BvD studios in Berlin, and in which you can also actively participate with questions to the speakers, you can also look forward to a Networking Lounge with video chat and live text chat, as well as Event Partner Lounge with additional practice-oriented technical presentations.

The congress program will be continuously updated on this page in the coming days. Check back regularly and register now (see right column)!

Welcoming Adress

Prof. Ulrich Kelber, The Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information

Maja Smoltczyk, Berlin Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information



Dr. Luis de Salvador, Director of Technological Innovation, AEPD (Spanish Data Protection Agency): Audit Requirements for Personal Data Processing Activities involving AI

Christian Spancken, Keynote Speaker, Author, Digitalist: Digitizing the world of work – How to make it work!

Univ.-Prof. Dr. jur. Dirk Heckmann, Chair of Law and Security of Digitalization, Technical University of Munich, Member of the Digital Ethics Council: Digital Ethics

Dr. Nina Wunderlich LL.M., Head of the Central Legal Department, Data Protection at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy: Digitization and Data Protection in the Regulatory Environment

Renate Nikolay, Head of Cabinet of Vice President Věra Jourová, European Commission: Opportunities for Europe – Data Protection & Digitization

Prof. Dr. Heribert Prantl, Süddeutsche Zeitung: Digital worlds – an excursion into the future

Panel discussion

Experiences with the application of the GDPR in European comparison

Thomas Spaeing, Chairman of the Board BvD e.V.

Judith Leschanz, Chairwoman of the Board of the Association of Austrian Data Protection Officers –

Jérôme Egli, President Data Privacy Community (Switzerland)

JUDr. Vladan Rámiš Ph.D., Chairman of the Board of the Association for Personal Data Protection (Czech Republic)

Dr. Philipp Mittelberger, President of – Data Protection Association in Liechtenstein

Piere-Yves Lastic, Vice President UDPO (France)


Parallel lectures

Health data – challenges of Art. 9 GDPR in everyday data protection
Thomas Kahl, attorney, specialist attorney for information technology law, Taylor Wessing Partnerschaftsgesellschaft mbB

Audit tasks of the data protection officer
Anna Cardillo, attorney at law, deputy head of the BvD committee on audit tasks of the DPO

Data protection and information requirements for APPs
Carolin Loy, Officer at the Bavarian State Office for Data Protection Supervision

Cyber vulnerability and defense strategies – implications for data protection
Chris Meidinger, Director, Sales Engineering, CrowdStrike / Dr. Christoph Bausewein, Attorney at Law

The data protection management system – part of the corporate culture
Peter Suhling, Managing Director suhling management consulting

Best practice – How do I keep in touch with my clients in times of a pandemic?
Dr. Niels Lepperhoff, Managing Director XAMIT Bewertungsgesellschaft mbH

Lawyer & Data Protection Officer – Generalist or Specialist?
Dr. Carlo Piltz, Attorney at Law, Reusch Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Fines practice and development in Europe
Dr. Stefan Brink, State Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information Baden-Württemberg

Report from the practice: DSGVO fine proceedings and damage claims
Tim Wybitul, attorney at law Latham & Watkins LLP

Technical requirements – Which software, which service providers, which solutions are recommendable?
Olav Seyfarth, data protection individual

Next level employee sensitization – Where & how do I pick up the target group?
Chris Newiger, Group Data Protection Officer Deutsche Bahn

The upcoming regulations in the EU and Germany – Impact on data protection – What are the processes in the Group?
Karin Tresp, Head of Data Protection Management REWE Group

What is still to come?! RegMoG, TTDSG, BMAS and law on product warnings
Dr. Jens Eckhardt, Derra, Meyer & Partner Attorneys PartGmbB

Cookies, tracking, data protection and fair internet marketing
Thomas Werning, Managing Director of GmbH

Data protection audits as a driver of modern data protection
Stephan Rehfeld, Managing Director of Scope and Focus GmbH

Technical and organizational measures
Andreas Sachs, Vice President of the Bavarian State Office for Data Protection Supervision and Head of the Cybersecurity and Technical Data Protection Division

Article 6, 1 lit. f DSGVO – carte blanche or establishing compliance
Andrea Backer-Heuveldop, Management and Data Protection Officer at ds2 Unternehmensberatung GmbH & Co. KG / Kirsten Bock, data protection lawyer at the Independent State Center for Data Protection Schleswig-Holstein

Challenges of regulatory supervisory practice
Maria Christina Rost, Head of the Legal Department at the HBDI

Best practice – What does the supervisory authority actually look at – A case-by-case view – Daniel Holzapfel, Berlin Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information

Fields of action and legal advice of the DPO  – Why lawyers cannot be DPOs – A demarcation – Prof. Nico Härting, HÄRTING Rechtsanwälte PartGmbB

Digital ethics – current problems and challenges, also with regard to political developments – Nikolai Horn, Project Coordination Data Governance, iRights.Lab GmbH

Digitization in administration
Dr. Claudia Federrath, Head of Department II A at the Berlin Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information

The Online Access Act (OZG) – Implementation in Brandenburg – What is the role of local authorities?
Dagmar Hartge, State Commissioner for Data Protection and for the Right to Inspect Files

Data protection in official institutions
Nikolaus Schrenk, Head of Governance Consulting Kliniken des Bezirks Oberbayern Kommunalunternehmen

Data privacy officers – How their work is made difficult
Marit Hansen, Schleswig-Holstein State Commissioner for Data Protection

Video surveillance in the public sector
Barbara Thiel, The State Commissioner for Data Protection of Lower Saxony


Event Partner Lounge

Practice-oriented presentations, best practice examples and the opportunity to ask questions directly. The Event Partner Lounge was already a great success at its premiere at our last fall conference. This time you can expect presentations by experts from the following partners in the lounge:







Data Protection Media Award (DAME)

The award ceremony for the Data Protection Media Award must unfortunately be cancelled for infection control reasons. However, a summary video of the submissions and winners as well as statements by the jury will be published instead on May 19th.


Authorities Day

On May 21st, 2021, the BvD DPO Spring Congress will be followed for the first time by a Public Authorities Day, which will be devoted specifically to issues facing data protection officers in public authorities. Here, representatives from public authorities and municipalities will provide information on current topics relating to data protection and digitization in administration and offices.


Media Partners

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Impressions BvD DPO Spring Conference

The BvD DPO Spring conference ranks among the most established data protection congresses in the German-speaking region. Renowned speakers from politics, business and law meet privacy professionals from all over Germany and make the congress in Berlin the community’s meeting place year after year – both for professional exchange on current topics and for maintaining and expanding personal networks.

Photos: © Dirk Lässig / BvD