On 21 December 2021, the Sino-German Conference on the topic “Protection of Person Data and Regulation of Algorithms from the Perspective of the EU and China” took place at the Beijing Institute of Technology. Taking part were members of the Legal Affairs Commission (LAC) of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, professors from Renmin University of China and other universities and institutes, representatives of the Hanns-Seidel Foundation, representatives from the business world and law firms, as well as four members of the Sino-German Legal Cooperation Programme of GIZ. The German experts, Prof. Hilgendorf of the University of Würzburg and Mr. Sebastian Aurich of the German Federal Law Society took part online.
To begin the conference, Prof. Hilgendorf and Mr. Sebastian Aurich presented the situation in the EU and in Germany in particular. Prof. Hilgendorf gave an overview of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), while Mr. Aurich outlined the role of the data protection officer and gave an introduction to data protection impact assessment. The Chinese professors then commented on the two presentations, after which the regulations on automated decisions in China were presented and discussed. Following this, the representatives from the business world had the opportunity to comment on the legal situation and the conference from their perspective. The conference was brought to a close with concluding words from Mr. Alexander Birle, the Resident Representative of the Hanns-Seidel Foundation, Dr. Huang Xiaoyan, Legal Adviser of the Legal Programme, and Ms. Wang Ying, Deputy Director of the Institute for Law and Technology of Renmin University of China.