Conference Speaker Peter Schaar

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Job title Chairman
Organisation European Academy for Freedom of Information and Data Protection

Chairman of the European Academy for Freedom of Information and Data Protection (EAID), former German Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information

Mr. Schaar was born in Berlin in 1954 and has a degree in Economics.  From 1980 to 1986 he worked in various functions in the city administration of Hamburg. From 1986 to 2002 he was employed in the office of Hamburg’s Data Protection Commissioner, initally as the head of the technology unit and later as deputy commissioner. From 2002 to 2003 he was the managing director of a consulting company for data protection. From 2003 to 2013 he was the Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information. He also currently works as guest lecturer at the University of Hamburg.


Awards: Prize of the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation “Das politische Buch 2008” (“The Political Book 2008”) for the book Das Ende der Privatsphäre (The End of Privacy); “eco Internet AWARD 2008”, the special award of the Association of the German Internet Industry; Data Protection Award of the German Association for Data Protection and Data Security (GDD) 2013