For years, the issues of privacy in relation to tech companies and governments capability to track citizens online has been brought to the public’s attention. For this year’s Techfestival, we’ve invited a politician who’s served in the European Parliament to talk about what rules and regulations governments have put in place and what needs to be done in the coming years to better protect our privacy.
Marietje Schaake is a Dutch politician and has been serving as a Member of the European Parliament from 2009-2019. She is a member of D66, part of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) political group. She is Coordinator on the International Trade committee, where she is the ALDE spokesperson on transatlantic trade and digital trade. Schaake also serves on the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the sub-committee on Human Rights. She is the Vice-President of the US Delegation and serves on the Iran Delegation and the Delegation for the Arab Peninsula. Furthermore, Schaake is the founder of the European Parliament Intergroup on the Digital Agenda for Europe. In 2017 she was Chief of the European Union Election Observation Mission in Kenya. Since 2014, Schaake is a ‘Young Global Leader’ with the World Economic Forum and she was recently appointed as co-chair of the WEF Global Future Council on Agile Governance. Schaake is a Member of the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity, the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace and chair of the CEPS Taskforce on Software Vulnerability Disclosure in Europe. Furthermore, she is a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations and an advisor to the Center for Humane Technology. Schaake was featured by Politico as one of the 28 most influential Europeans in the ‘class of 2017’.
Listen to her podcast interview with VICE right here.