17.12.19

Euroconsumers BeXt Award in memory of Giovanni Buttarelli (Essay)

Euroconsumers is launching a new award to honour the memory of the European Data Protection Supervisor Giovanni Buttarelli, who passed away on 20 August 2019.

Event

The Euroconsumers BeXt Award in Memory of Giovanni Buttarelli has been created to honour his visionary contribution to privacy in Europe and worldwide by recognising emerging original thinking around questions of data privacy in Europe. The prize will be awarded to the best short essay by a young researcher/writer on a subject related to data privacy in Europe, judged on originality, consistency and relevance to European consumers. The essay should contribute to the dialogue between all the parties of the digital ecosystem: consumers, consumer organisations, policy makers and the industry:

“I very much recognise the profile of big data as being the new currency of the Internet. Here we have something extremely valuable because, when you have access not only to one person’s data but to millions and billions of data, then you can make analysis which is completely different from what you were able to do five or ten years ago, because you have new tools.” - Margrethe Vestager; European Parliament Confirmation Hearing (2019)

Drawing on the quote above, and on the recent developments in legislation regarding data protection (e.g. GDPR); what would be the most adequate relation between consumers and their personal data? What is the role of other stakeholders (consumers organisation, the industry, and the public sector) in securing a more equitable state of affairs?

The essay submissions should be in English and have a maximum length of 3,000 words, including bibliography and Participants may be of any nationality, aged between 18 and 35 and resident in one of the EU Member States. The submissions will be judged by a panel of senior consumer representatives and data privacy experts, including academics, communication experts, policymakers and a member of the Buttarelli family.

The writer of the winning essay will receive a EUR 1.000,00 prize and will feature on the Euroconsumers website and in its member organisations’ monthly magazines.

The winner will be announced at the Euroconsumers International Forum 2020 to be held in Autumn 2020 in Brussels.

About Giovanni Buttarelli

Giovanni Buttarelli was appointed European Data Protection Supervisor in 2014 and worked tirelessly in this key role, supervising the implementation of EU privacy rules. His achievements included overseeing the transition to a comprehensive new EU data protection framework — the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which came into force in May last year — a piece of legislation that has shone a global spotlight on the EU’s approach to privacy and is being increasingly emulated around the world.

Requirements for submission

● Being 18 – 35 years old

● Any nationality

● Resident of one of the EU Member States

Application:

● Application must be submitted in English

● Application must contain a short Biography of the candidate

● Short essay on a subject related to data privacy in Europe with relevance for European consumers

● Max 3000 world total (Biography + Essay)

● Completed and signed Form (Annex 1)

● The deadline for submissions is 30 April 2020.

Disclaimer

The Organiser reserves the right to declare null and void any application that is improper, incomplete, illegible or contains false personal details.

Any text or image that is reproduced, even imperfectly, without the appropriate reference to the original, shall be considered as an act of plagiarism. Plagiarism is strictly prohibited and shall result in exclusion from the competition if detected.

The competition shall reward an original academic essay, on data protection, helping to improve current understanding of a new or emerging question, to stimulate debate in the expert community or possibly to devise new policies.

The personal data of the candidates are collected by the Organiser for the purpose of processing their participation in the competition.  Personal data processed in the context of the applications submitted by email are subject to Euroconsumers data privacy policy. 

Data shall be kept for 12 months. Candidates shall have a right of access, rectification and deletion for all data concerning them. These rights can be exercised by submitting a request electronically to dpo@test-achats.be.

Prize-winners accept that their names, first names and photos will be used and disseminated by the Organiser when publicising and promoting the Buttarelli Award. Any other personal data included on the form shall not be disclosed to the public.

Annex 1 - Form

Annex 2 - Competition rules