Protecting our digital identity and privacy in a hyper-connected world


In our digital and interconnected society we need to ensure that all citizens have access to digital products and services. The European Commission's initiatives such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the proposed ePrivacy Regulation aim to improve online security, privacy and inclusion. This session underlined practical ways of tackling privacy challenges, principles and requirements so people can communicate, operate and travel safely while protecting their privacy and personal data. Experts from the industry and academia emphasized how privacy can be guaranteed in a hyper-connected, mobile economy and society and how privacy can be ensured in a digital world.

Moderator: Pierre Chastanet, Head of Unit Cloud & Software at the European Commission 

Pierre Chastanet is Head of Unit Cloud & Software at the European Commission and is notably in charge of the European regulation on the free flow of non-personal data and the implementation of cloud policies. He has been working for 12 years at the European Commission in various management and policy development assignments, in the area of cybersecurity, digital privacy, ICT for societal challenges, green ICT and telecom innovation. Prior to that, Pierre acquired over 10 years of ICT experience, mostly in various IT management positions at Procter & Gamble. Pierre holds a M.S. in Telecommunication Engineering from Telecom ParisTech, a M.A. in International Politics from the Free University of Brussels and a B.Sc in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.


  • Felipe Lora, Senior Engineering Program Manager, Google

Title of the presentation: Google's approach in Cybersecurity - staying ahead together

Felipe Lora has worked in privacy and security for more than a decade, protecting businesses and users from advanced attacks. He is currently a Senior Engineering Program Manager at Google where he works on the Identity, Privacy and Security team in Munich since 2012. Since then, his teams have focused on providing users with tools and controls to manage their privacy and security. Prior to joining Google, he worked in the telecommunications and consumer electronics industry as an engineer, and later as a consultant on the area of security solutions. Felipe studied Electronic Engineering at the Universidad de los Andes in Colombia and completed his MSc in 2006 in Telecom ParisTech in France. Outside of work, he can be found running on trails, reading and discovering all kinds of new music.

  • Ludmila Georgieva, Public Policy & Government Affairs Manager, Google

Title of the presentation: Google's approach in Cybersecurity - staying ahead together (policy perspective)

Dr. Georgieva joined the EU Policy Team of Google in Brussels in December 2018 and is in charge of cybersecurity and privacy issues. Before joining Google, she worked first in a large law company in Vienna and in 2009 joined the Federal Chancellery of Austria (Constitutional Service) and in 2013 the Permanent Representation of Austria to the EU in Brussels (for the Federal Chancellery) as Attaché for Cybersecurity, Data Protection and Media Policy. In her function in Brussels, she was deeply involved in the negotiations of e.g. the GDPR, the EU-US-Privacy Shield, the AVMS Directive, the NIS-Directive and the Cybersecurity Act as well as in the national coordination of the Digital Single Market Policy.

  • Cecilia Zappala, Policy Manager, EU Affairs, Facebook

Title of the presentation: Privacy at Facebook

Cecilia joined Facebook in 2016. She is currently heading the Economic and Social Policy team, focusing on issues such as privacy, competition, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity. Before this, she spent four years at BUSINESSEUROPE, a trade association representing European companies. She worked as policy adviser focused on digital economy and data protection. Prior to that, Cecilia worked for DIGITALEUROPE, an association representing the EU tech industry, and for DCI Group, a Washington-based public affairs consultancy where she advised clients in the telecom sector.

  • Sirra Toivonen, Senior Scientist, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd

Title of the presentation: Analyzing risk in digitalized border management systems

Sirra Toivonen is a Senior Scientist and Project Manager at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. She has worked at the Risk and Asset Management knowledge center since 1995. The research interests include identity verification at border control and border management technologies, security management of global supply chains, human factors, system usability design and testing plus value creation in security area product innovations.