APDL joined the call for the implementation of secure instant messaging standards that protect privacy and people’s rights, and that do not rely on a single entity.

We are currently 25 supporting entities and seek to increase the number of public and private players as well as citizens joining the movement.

The Position Paper, including the up-to-date list of supporters, went public, Tuesday 09 March 2021, together with the attached Press Release.


A dedicated website has been created and can be accessed at:


CREOBIS will organize in Luxembourg on February 23 a webinar devoted to the new obligations in terms of the transfer of personal data.

You will find attached the link to the training web page:

APDL members benefit from a 10% reduction on registration fees with the code: W009-APDL

This event is the sole responsibility of the organizer, the APDL has not taken cognizance of its content and is announcing it for informational purposes only

Seasons’s greetings

The entire Board of Directors sends you its best wishes for the year 2021!

Covid-19 tracking applications and your personal data

Do the Covid tracking applications respect the fundamental principles of personal data protection? Emma Goodwin and Renaud Le Squeren, two administrators of the APDL brought elements of answers on the subject during the webinar given as part of Cybersecurity Week 2020.

Find the presentation support here: APDL Cybersecurity week RLS

Replay :

Link to the article on the Cybersecurity Week site:

Link to the interview in Silicon Luxembourg :

6th Annual General Meeting

The APDL Annual General Meeting  took place on Wednesday, October 7 in the premises of DSM.

Following the candidacies submitted prior to the General Assembly meeting, fourteen members were elected to replace members of the board of directors at the end of their term of office or who have resigned, in the persons of:

  1. Nathalie SPRAUER
  2. Michael HOFMANN
  3. Renaud LE SQUEREN
  4. Henri DAMIANI
  5. Arnaud CONSTANT
  6. Azédine LAMAMRA
  7. Romain SABEL
  8. Toni RISTAGNO
  9. Mickaël TOME
  10. Georges WANTZ
  11. Laurent CROZIER
  12. Matthieu GATINEAU
  13. Hasan KILICASLAN
  14. Géraldine FRIANT

The AGM was followed by a conference given by Mr Habran of the CNPD on the impact of the Schrems II judgment.

From left to right: Christophe Buschmann (CNPD), Nathalie Sprauer (Présidente), Henri Damiani (Secrétaire), Renaud Le Squeren (Vice Président), Arnaud Habran (CNPD)

Survey LëtzBlock

LëtzBlock, the Luxembourg Blockchain & DLT Association, is currently drafting a paper on “smart contracts” legal framework in Luxembourg and has recently launched a survey to invite interested stakeholders to share their views on this topic(with a focus on legal and regulatory matters).

As a preliminary remark, the starting point for our survey was the lack of a common understanding among developers of smart contracts and the legal profession over the meaning of the term “smart contracts” and the legal uncertainties deriving from this lack of consensus.

LëtzBlock is therefore proposing a definition that has the potential to satisfy the requirements of both lawyers and blockchain and smart contracts’ developers and is seeking wider public consultation on the definition which is given below:

A smart contract is a computerised transaction protocol between two or more parties. It may be self-executing.  It can qualify as a contract within the meaning of Luxembourg Civil Code if the relevant criteria of articles 1101 and 1108 mainly are met.


LëtzBlock is very interested in exploring how compliance with data protection requirements can be achieved in this area.

APDL is happy to support this initiate and invites his members to participate in the survey.


How can you share your views?

You can respond to the LëtzBlock survey available via the following link

 by 15 November 2020.


Feel free to quickly jump to page 12 if you wish to focus on data protection or/and don’t have too much time to spend on completing this survey


If you prefer to provide feedback orally, a conference call may be organised by sending an email at

 Apply to become an active member of our Smart Contract working group by contacting LëtzBlock at


Please note that you do not need to provide personal data and responses will be anonymised if needed and grouped.

Your answers will help LëtzBlock to finalise the above-mentioned white paper, supported by current market views on the Luxembourg legal and regulatory framework applicable to Smart Contracts and the new opportunities that they may bring to Luxembourg.

In due course, LëtzBlock will organise an event dedicated to the presentation of survey results and of the final white paper. Details will be shared with you via LëtzBlock social media or via the APDL website.


DPO of the Year 2020: registrations are open

Registration for the DPO of the Year election during the Cybersecurity week is now open.

For more information, click  here

European Security Forum

We are happy to support the European IT security and data protection gathering, European Security Forum, held on September 15th and 16th*, 2020 online.
To comply with the health restrictions and stop the spread of the virus, the event – from conferences to networking sessions – will be available via video from all around the world.
Hosted in the global tech conference, ICT Spring Europe, this event will explore IT security challenges, concerns related to cybercrime, cybersecurity business cases… and will invite great international experts to share views on numerous information security strategic and operational topics.
Information and programme:
How to participate: Registration remains mandatory and it allows you to get your 2-day ticket to participate virtually in the event. You will be able to follow the sessions thanks to a live streaming solution. However, as partner of European Security Forum, APDL is pleased to provide you with the following discount code  APDL20 which will give you free access for the 2-day event.
Confirmed speakers:
François Thill – Director cyber security, Ministry of the Economy, Luxembourg
Cédric Mauny – Cybersecurity lead, Telindus
Dr. Gabriele Lenzini – Senior research scientist in Security of Socio-Technical System, SnT
Jamie Shea – Professor of Strategy and Security at University of Exeter & Former Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges at NATO
Diana Kelley – Cybersecurity CTO, Microsoft

Stéphane Duguin – CEO, CyberPeace Institute

Craig Jones – Cybercrime Director, INTERPOL

Luigi Rebuffi – Secretary General and founder, ECSO

– Victor-Emmanuel de SA, Chief Pragmatic Strategy Officer

Charles Guillemet – Chief Technology Officer, Ledger

Constance Bommelaer de Leusse– Area Vice President, Institutional Relations, Internet Society

European Security Forum, as well as ICT Spring Europe and its other side events (discover more here >, present an array of fantastic business opportunities. We hope to meet you online!
If you have any questions regarding the programme, do not hesitate to contact the organizer via email
*The European Security Forum conferences will be held on September 15th on live streaming, the virtual exhibition will be held on September 15th and 16th.


On behalf of ISACA I would like to inform you of the next ISACA event, which will take place on September 9, 2020.

“Isaca “SheLeadsTech” program is looking to increase the awareness and inclusion of women in the IT area.

Isaca Luxembourg is encouraging this initiative and organises an afterwork online conference on 9 september starting with 18:00.

Participants of the conference are:
– Jelena Matone, CISO of the year 2019 Luxembourg and
– Andrea Zengo,  Global CISO of a worldwide company and founding member of WITSEC.

A round table discussion will follow covering topics like women representation in the technology profession and challenges during COVID-19.

For more details and for registration, please check the website.


Happy New Year 2020

Cher Membre,

 L’ensemble du conseil d’administration vous présente en cette année 2020 ses meilleurs vœux de bonheur et de réussite.

Nous vous invitons, pour commencer cette nouvelle année, à nous rejoindre le 28 janvier pour célébrer la journée de la protection des données.

Vous trouverez toutes les informations concernant cet évènement sur

Nous espérons vous voir nombreux aux conférences et sur notre stand.


Le conseil d’administration.