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Thursday, September 4 • 9:00am - 10:30am
Privacy and the Right to be Forgotten

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Among various concepts of privacy, right to be forgotten has become more significant in the recent years. One of the main reasons of this is the fact that right to be forgotten is fundamental in the digital age. The recent decision of European Court of Justice about Google has heated the debate over the right to be forgotten. Many people have described this as “making history” while some others have questioned the implementation of the decision.

This session aims to bring together leading representatives from a broad spectrum of stakeholder groups to discuss issues related to the right to be forgotten. 

Each speaker will be given 5-7 minutes to present his/her views on the issue. Then the floor will be open to participants also since the aim is to have an inclusive and open discussion on the subject. The social media contributors will also be given a voice by the moderator.



Deniz Yanık

Vice-President, Information and Communications Technologies Authority (ICTA), Turkey Deniz YANIK graduated from Middle East Technical University (METU), Electric-Electronics Engineering Department. She got her master’s degree in the same Department in METU.  She began her career... Read More →


Şükrü Andaç

Writer (Milliyet)

Yasin Beceni

Managing Partner, BTS & Partners

Antony Cook

Microsoft Middle East and Africa - Legal & Corporate Affairs / Assistant General Counsel

Gönenç Gürkaynak

Managing Partner, ELIG, Attorneys-at-Law
Gönenç Gürkaynak is the managing and founding partner of ELIG, Attorneys-at-Law; a leading law firm in Istanbul, Turkey. He holds an LLM from Harvard Law School, and is qualified to practice in Istanbul, New York, Brussels, and England and Wales. Prior to establishing ELIG in 2004... Read More →

Sophie Kwasny

Head of Data Protection, Council of Europe
Sophie Kwasny is the Head of the Data Protection Unit of the Council of Europe and is responsible for standard-setting (notably the current modernisation exercise of Convention 108) and policy on data protection and privacy, including with regard to new technologies and the Inter... Read More →

Melina Violari

Facebook, Policy and Privacy Manager- EMEA

Murat Yildiz

Writer (Dünya)

Elif Özdemir

Head of Legal Consultancy, Information and Communications Technologies Authority (ICTA), Turkey. Elif Ozdemir studied LLB at Ankara University and graduated in 1999. She holds a degree of LLM from Ankara University in Civil Law (2002), and a second LLM in Information Technologies... Read More →

Thursday September 4, 2014 9:00am - 10:30am
Galata Hall (Rumeli Terrace)

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