SFB 1187 ›Medien der Kooperation‹ an der Universität Siegen
Workshop: What’s (in) a person? Digital Identity in EU Regulation and Platforms
Thursday, 13. June 2024, 10:00 - 18:00 Uhr

There is on-going public criticism and concern around practices and techniques of identification on digital media and the mass collection of personal data by platforms. But what is ‚digital identity‘ and how is it mutually produced by digital companies and legal regulations?

The workshop is intended to address legal issues relating to targeted advertising and, in particular, the question of when data used for advertising purposes loses its personal relation (Art. 4 No. 1 GDPR), i.e. becomes anonymous, so that the GDPR no longer applies to it. 

Civil identity includes data such as name, home address, date of birth and other classic markers. For the advertising industry, however, other identity-forming factors are more important, such as income, hobbies/interests, approximate residential area, mobility data or data about users‘ end devices. Against this background, the question arises as to when data relating to such a „digital identity“ loses its personal reference to the extent that it is considered anonymized. 

10:00 – 10:15 Welcome

10:15 – 11:30 Maximilian Becker and Leonie Bültmann: Personal Data and the Boundaries of Anonymity

11:45 – 13:00 Jann Cornels: The European Court of Justice (ECJ) Ruling on the Interactive

Advertising Bureau (IAB) Europe and its Consequences for Targeted Advertising

13:00 – 14:30 Lunch

14:30 – 16:00 Elisabeth Niekrenz: Real-Time Bidding: Current Technical Developments and Litigation Challenges

16:15 – 17:30 Annalisa Pelizza: Towards a Translational Approach to Identification: The Art of Choosing the Right Spokespersons at the Securitized Border

17:30 – 18:00 Closing Discussion


Universität Siegen
Campus Herrengarten
AH-A 217/18
Herrengarten 3
57072 Siegen


SFB 1187 “Medien der Kooperation”
Leonie Bültmann

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