8 February 2021

Does the EU need to urgently adopt the Interim Regulation on the processing of personal and other data for the purpose of combatting child sexual abuse online?

This is the second webinar in the new Enforcing Europe - Webinar Series 1.

The Webinar Series is co-organised with the University of Luxembourg

The Webinar Series is in media partnership with Privacy Laws & Business.


Article 2 of the Treaty of the European Union enumerates the values the European house is founded upon. Some of those values, like democracy, rule of law and respect for human rights are reflected in principles such as the equality of Union citizens, the Union citizenship, or the binding effect of the Charter of Fundamental Rights. These principles and rights are then further developed in Union's secondary law, such as the General Data Protection Regulation.

However, without proper enforcement, EU law risks becoming a dead letter. When the foundations are weakened, the entire building becomes shaky. This webinar series will, therefore, be interested in how does (or does not) the EU protect its foundations and make sure that the values, principles, and rules of primary law are respected and enforced in the secondary law and in the Member States.


The second webinar will discuss the September 2020 Proposal of the European Commission for an Interim Regulation on processing personal and other data for the purpose of combatting child sexual abuse online, which was supposed to be adopted by the end of 2020.


In the first part of this webinar, the discussants will tackle the following questions:


  • What is Interim Regulation? What are its objectives?
  • What kind of technologies service providers use in the fight against child sexual abuse online? How have they been affected by the entry into force of the recast European Electronic Communications Code on 21 December 2020?
  • What are the practical consequences of the non-adoption of the Interim Regulation by 21 December 2020? How do we move forward? Does the Interim Regulation set a precedent?



In the second part of the webinar, the floor will be open for free discussion.


  • Juraj Sajfert (VUB/University of Luxembourg)


  • Cathrin Bauer-Bulst (European Commission, DG HOME, Cybercrime Unit)
  • Michela Palladino (Facebook, EU Public Policy)  
  • Alan Butler (EPIC)

Time: 13:30 - 14:45 (Brussels time)

Venue: online. The platform, together with the link to attend the event, will be communicated to the registered participants in due course.

Registration: The event is free to attend but registration is required. Should you face any difficulties with the registration form, please send an e-mail to info@brusselsprivacyhub.eu

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