Christopher Schmidt, Magister of Law, FIP CIPP/E CIPM CIPT CDPO

Attorney (Rechtsanwalt), Data Privacy Specialist, Law Tutor, Lecturer - JONES DAY, Self-employed

Christopher Schmidt, FIP; CIPP/E; CIPM; CDPO; is a German Attorney (Rechtsanwalt) at JONES DAY, Magister of Law and a Privacy activist with profound IT knowledge as a Pentester, experienced in European Data Protection and IT law. He currently serves as Advisory Board Member of the IAPP (International Association of Privacy Professionals).

Christopher specializes in cybersecurity and data protection matters, including privacy litigation and compliance with the GDPR, European and German data protection law, drafting and negotiation of policies and contracts, incident response, M&A agreements, transfer safeguards, as well as all types of risk-based and technical documentation.

He has worked at the International and European Affairs Department of the Hessian Data Protection Commissioner which handles cooperation and consistency procedures in accordance with Chapter VII of the GDPR, acts as a contact point including for the European Data Protection Board and oversees International Data Transfers and Related Safeguards (i.e., Binding Corporate Rules, Standard Data Protection Clauses). He was also tasked with matters relating to employee data protection, automated HR data processing as well as advising and monitoring data protection officers from both the public and the private sectors.

As a freelancer, he runs advanced courses and workshops for law students as well as for lawyers and data protection officers on current European data protection matters in German, English, French and Italian.

My Sessions

Response to Schrems II: Global Case Studies Responding to the ECJ Decision (Sponsored by TrustArc)

A panel of speakers discuss both the specific issues related to data sharing with Brexit and post-Schrems II as well as other changes across the globe. Panellists will give their own case studies and advise on best practice and what organisations should do to ensure they are compliant with data sharing across jurisdictions.

  • Helen Woollett, Privacy Counsel, Data Protection Officer, Natura &Co Group
  • Christopher Schmidt, Magister of Law, Attorney, Data Privacy Specialist, Law Tutor, Lecturer
  • Nora Bensaid, Déléguée à la protection des données / Data Protection Officer (DPO), ING
EU-US Privacy Shield: What’s Next? (Sponsored by 3M)

The European Commission and the US Administration have been discussing how to resolve the troublesome issue of transfer of personal data from the European Economic Area to the US following the invalidation of the EU-US Privacy Shield in 2020. Věra Jourová, Vice President of the European Commission for Values and Transparency, has called for a proactive approach from the US and strong cooperation, with her main concerns lying with the United States national security and surveillance.

While there are positive steps been taken to between the EU and the US, the UK could move away from EU’s GDPR all together. In October, the UK will appoint a new data protection commissioner, with the aim to focus not just on privacy but on economic and social goals according to the UK’s Culture Secretary, further stating that businesses are afraid to use data as they don’t understand the rules or are afraid of inadvertently breaking them.

In this session our panel of experts explore the current situation with the EU-US Privacy Shield, what it means for organisations both in Europe and the United States, and if the UK deviates from GDPR what this will mean for the UK’s data transfers between the privacy shield parties plus much more.