Watch Live: Digital Rights Forum 2016

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(broadcast will go live on October 27, 9 am to 2 pm)

On October 27, the data protection experts and like-minded enthusiasts will come together for the first „Digital Rights Forum 2016“ in Lithuania (agenda).

The first edition of the Forum centers around the recently adopted General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). It is expected that the GDPR will strengthen citizens’ rights and build trust in e-services as well as boost digital innovation.

The GDPR indeed brings about significant changes: citizens will be able to enjoy a right to data portability, a right to receive information about the processing of their personal data and data breach notifications, a right to be forgotten and many others. Business, on the other hand, will be relieved of certain administrative duties, yet will have to follow strict accountability standards. A failure to comply with the GDPR may lead to fines as high as 20 million EUR.

How to ensure compliance with the regulation? How the new data protection regime can aid with everyday data protection violations?  What are the competitive advantages of privacy? These questions will be tackled together with the experts from the European Commission and the European data protection supervisor’s office, representatives of business, Norwegian NGO “Electronic Frontiers Norway” and the Baltic data protection and regulatory authorities (bios of speakers).

Is Lithuania prepared for GPR?

The background for the discussion will be provided by two new surveys conducted by the HRMI. The first one assesses the readiness of business to implement the GDPR, while the second one looks at the attitudes of Lithuanians towards data protection.

“Majority of the companies surveyed have heard about the regulation, yet only 8% have some knowledge about the upcoming changes. The level of awareness among the general population is even lower – as much as 78% claimed they knew nothing about the data protection reform”, says Natalija Bitiukova, Deputy Director of the Human Rights Monitoring Institute.

“There is a lack of clarity surrounding the GDPR, even among legal practitioners. We see a clear need for more discussions on the upcoming changes and hope that the Forum will create a space to find the best ways for GDPR’ implementation”.

 Watch Forum Live

Forum will be livestreamed on October 27 from 9 am to 2 pm EET. Tune in on Delfi TV or our website Use (#2524) to send questions and to share your insights with the panelists.

Follow Forum updates on our Facebook page (in Lithuanian).

eea-grants-logo_0Forum is hosted by the Human Rights Monitoring Institute, the Representation of the European Commission in Lithuania and the State Data Protection Inspectorate. The Forum is a part of the project “General data protection regulation: assessing awareness of individuals and companies” implemented joinly by the HRMI and the Electronic Frontiers Norway.   The project is funded by the EEA Grants 2009-2014 NGO Programme Lithuania.


Contact person: Natalija Bitiukova, HRMI Deputy Director,; +370 5 231 46 81