Collaborative Symposium on Legal, Ethical & Social issues in the EU Data Economy

On 10 October (Thursday) LeMO project partner, Bird & Bird, is organising a collaborative symposium to discuss data-related issues with various EU stakeholders.

Digital data is an essential resource of the EU data economy, generating economic growth, competitiveness, innovation, job creation and societal progress. At the same time however, the uptake of new and disruptive technologies across the European economy presents various legal, ethical and social issues and questions.

  • Do the do the privacy concepts of the GDPR fit with big data?

  • Can anonymisation techniques be applied while keeping an acceptable level of predictability and utility of big data analytics?

  • Is the current legal framework in relation to data ownership satisfactory?

  • Can social differences in access to technology and education or skills lead to data-driven discrimination?

Join us on 10 October for our Collaborative Symposium, in which we will first guide you through the relevant frameworks and examine the predominant legal, ethical and social issues arising across sectors in the EU data economy.These issues have been brought to the forefront by the EU-funded research & innovation project LeMO, which aims to identify how the potential benefits associated with big data can be used to improve the European transport industry.

We then invite you to participate in our interactive roundtable discussions to debate these issues as well as to validate or reformulate proposed solutions, with the aim of improving the existing frameworks related to data in the EU.


Brussels (location to be confirmed)

Participation: RSVP



13:00 - 13:30 Welcome & registration

13:30 - 14:00 Opening session

  • Keynote speeches

  • Introduction of LeMO project (Rajendra Akerkar, Project Coordinator, H2020 LeMO)

14:00 - 14:45 Plenary session

  • Presentation of 16 legal, ethical and social issues related to the EU data economy

14:45 - 15:15 Coffee break

15:15 - 16:45 Roundtable session

  • Attendees will be assigned to different roundtables to debate and share experience and ideas on data-related topics. 

  • The discussions will be moderated and initiated by introducing questions and presenting findings to the group.

16:45 - 17:00 Coffee break

17:00 - 17:30 Closing session


  • Benoit Van Asbroeck, Partner, Bird & Bird

  • Julien Debussche, Senior Associate, Bird & Bird

  • Jasmien César, Associate, Bird & Bird

For any enquiries please contact:

Cecile Chanel on +32 (0)2 282 60 25 or click here