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28th March 2023

IIC Brussels Chapter Event – 360° on the Proposed Regulation on Prevention & Combating Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) – in person

Chapter event

Date: Tuesday 28 March
Time: 12:00 – 14:00 (CEST)
Duration: 2 hours

Kindly hosted by McDermott Will & Emery

The Proposed Regulation proposes obligations on relevant information society services providers to minimise the risk that their services are misused for online child sexual abuse; on providers of hosting / interpersonal communication services to detect and report online child sexual abuse; as well an obligation on hosting services providers to remove or disable access to CSAM from their services.  The Proposed Regulation aims to improve detection, investigation and prosecution of CSAM-related offences.  It also foresees the establishment of a new independent EU Centre on Child Sexual Abuse to support and facilitate the implementation efforts, gather and share expertise, and facilitate cooperation between relevant public and private parties.

We discussed developments and next steps towards the adoption of the Proposed Regulation, including the most recent positions of the co-legislators (the European Parliament and the Council).  The session also discussed key considerations regarding the interplay with the ePrivacy Directive, proportionality and effectiveness of detection orders, involvement of the AI (including with regards to the detection of the so-called ‘grooming’), and selected questions relating to the practical implementation, such as the age verification, encryption standards, as well as the overall scope of the Proposed Regulation (including challenges related to voice messaging and live communications).


Registration Fees for delegates

Tuesday 28 March 2023
IIC Brussels Chapter

IIC Members – Free
Non-Members – £25 GBP (excluding VAT *) 
*VAT will be applicable for UK registrations only

If you feel the delegate fee may be a barrier to attending this event, please contact us at




Brendan Van Alsenoy (Dr) Deputy Head of Unit, Policy and Consultation, European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS)

Dr Brendan Van Alsenoy is Deputy Head of Unit, Policy and Consultation at the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS). He previously worked as a Legal Advisor and Acting Head of Unit at the Belgian Data Protection Authority.

Prior to that, he worked as a legal researcher at the KU Leuven Centre for IT & IP Law, with a focus on data protection and privacy, intermediary liability and trust services. In 2012, he worked at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to assist in the revision of the 1980 OECD Privacy Guidelines.

Cathrin Bauer-Bulst Head of Unit, Security in the Digital Age (HOME.D.4), DG Home

Bio coming soon…

Laura Seritti Head of Public Policy, Snap Inc

Laura Seritti is Head of Public Policy at Snap Inc. She leads the EU public policy and regulatory work in Brussels.

Ms Seritti is also visiting researcher at the Perelman Centre of Law of the Université Libre de Bruxelles, where she carries out research on consumer protection and digital policy.

Ms Seritti previously worked at the European Commission (DG Competition) on EU competition policy matters, focusing in particular on merger control, and as a public policy consultant.



Michela Palladino Safety Lead, EU Affairs, Meta

An Italian native, Michela has worked in EU Public Policy for over 12 years. She joined Facebook (now Meta) in November 2018, leading on files relates to content regulation and safety online.

Between August 2021 and July 2022, she was seconded to Meta’s Safety Policy team, where she worked with internal teams to advise on product developments and with external safety organizations and government bodies to communicate the company’s commitment to the safety of its users. As of August 2022, she is back in the EU Affairs team and is leading the team efforts on all matters related to safety online, and child safety specifically.

Before Facebook, Michela worked as the Director of EU Policy for the Developers Alliance, the global association of software developers, and prior to that, she was at the GSMA, the trade association that represents the worldwide mobile communications industry. Her previous experiences include working for the Italian Permanent Representation to the EU, the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs, and the European Parliament.

Michela holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Bologna, Italy.

Rosa Barcelo Partner, McDermott Will & Emery; Chair, IIC Brussels Chapter

Rosa Barcelo was appointed Partner, McDermott Will & Emery in April 2022.

Rosa Barcelo has nearly 20 years of experience in European data protection and privacy, including expertise in compliance and policy. Her experience covers diverse sectors and is drawn from working in private practice, as well as in public service with the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) and the European Commission.

Rosa Barcelo advises clients on data protection and privacy, including compliance with the GDPR and the e-Privacy Directive. She has a particular focus on cutting-edge ICT issues, including AI, machine learning, autonomous vehicles, programmatic advertising and online tracking technologies.

Prior to McDermott Will & Emery, Ms Barcelo was Partner and Deputy Co-Chair, Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice Group, Squire Patton Boggs.

Ms Barcelo was also Deputy Head of Unit of the Cybersecurity and Digital Privacy Unit of DG CONNECT in the European Commission, where she led legislative deliberations over the proposed e-Privacy Regulation.  During her tenure with the European Commission, Ms Barcelo also worked in the Data Protection Unit where she was responsible for international data transfer issues (BCRs and adequacy decisions). Ms Barcelo’s work with the office of the EDPS focused on a wide range of ICT-related issues. In these roles, Ms Barcelo worked closely with national supervisory authorities participating in the former Article 29 Working Party (now the European Data Protection Board).

Ms Barcelo has also worked in academia and as a private lawyer in the Brussels offices of various international law firms, where she advised on EU privacy and data protection issues, as well electronic commerce and technology laws.

Ms Barcelo is a frequent lecturer on data protection, privacy and cybersecurity.

Tuesday 28 March 2023

12:00 - 12:30 Lunch and Networking
12-30 - 13:30 Session

Rosa Barcelo, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery; Chair, IIC Brussels Chapter

Brendan Van Alsenoy (Dr), Deputy Head of Unit, Policy and Consultation, European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS)

Laura Seritti, Head of Public Policy, Snap Inc

Michela Palladino, Safety Lead, EU Affairs, Meta

Cathrin Bauer-Bulst, Head of Unit, Security in the Digital Age (HOME.D.4), DG Home

13:30 - 14:00 Refreshments and Networking
14:00 Close
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Event details
28th March 2023
Brussels, Belgium
McDermott Will & Emery
Avenue des Nerviens 9-31
Brussels 1040

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