MEP delegation to meet US tech and security firms Silicon Valley

MEP delegation to meet US tech and security firms Silicon Valley
MEP Seán Kelly.

DATA protection, cybersecurity and the potential for misinformation online are expected to top the agenda of a series of meetings between Seán Kelly MEP and technology and software companies in Silicon Valley, California this week. Mr Kelly, who led negotiations for EU Parliament on the General Data Protection Regulation is participating in the meetings at the request of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy of which he is a member.

“Our mission to Silicon Valley, where we will meet leading digital and tech firms, researchers in the field and US politicians, comes at an important time ahead of the implementation deadline for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on May 25, which I led negotiations on for the EPP Group in the European Parliament,” he said.

“Not only that, but cyber security and the concern for potential misinformation campaigns during elections are also very much to the fore.

“GDPR will replace current data protection laws in the EU and importantly will give individuals more protection and control over how their own private data is collected, stored and used by others. It also makes companies with access to data or collecting such data more responsible for how they handle it. It is a subject very much in the public mind in the wake of the revelations over the Cambridge Analytical scandal, so I have no doubt that data protection will be high on the agenda in our meetings next week,” said Mr Kelly, a member of the European Parliament’s Delegation for Relations with the United States.

The Ireland South MEP will meet with senior representatives of cyber security company, Palo Alto Networks; Intel; Ripple — a currency exchange and remittance network; AT&T — the world’s largest telecommunications company; Google; Sentinel One — a cybersecurity software provider; SAP; and Symantec.

The MEP delegation will also have an exchange of views with the NASA Ames Research Centre, and Stanford University professors.

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