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The European Association for Banking and Financial History (eabh) e.V.

Archival Workshop

GDPR & Historical Archives

a financial archives workshop

4 Nov 2022 at 10:15am

Frankfurt am Main, Germany

eabh in cooperation with the European Central Bank

What is new for historical archives under the GDPR regime?  In particular in a Post-Covid environment?

This workshop aims to look at the impact of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on historical archives, in particular, but not exclusively, in the financial sector.

Since May 2018, the GDPR has set common standards of data protection within the European Union and, to a certain extent, beyond. This regulation received critical acclaim by the public and scholars alike, however not without facing wide criticism for the severity of the changes it requires to implement.



18.00 Walk & Dine

with Reinhard Frost (Deutsche Bank Historical Institute)

The historic centre of Frankfurt am Main was destroyed during World War II. Only in 2018 the reconstruction of the heart of Germany’s banking metropolis was finished as part of a mayor urban development project. Reinhard Frost is not only one of the chief archivists of Deutsche Bank, but also an experienced guide to the history of the city. He will guide us for a walk and share his insights of the old towns important history and its recent re-birth.
19.30 Dinner at 'Wirtshaus am Hühnermarkt'
10.15Welcome Coffee & Registration
Maarten Daman (Data Protection Officer ECB)
11.10Case study
GDPR at the Historical Archives of the European Union, Florence
Ruth Ingeborg Meyer (HAEU)
11.20Session 1

A short history of information policies
Alfredo Gigliobianco (Bank of Italy)

Data protection rules vs web archiving? – How to balance data subjects' rights with transparency
Els Breedstraet & Carl Springer (Publications Office of the European Union)

The role of the archivist and records manager in the current GDPR environment
Claire Johnson (Information management consultant)
13.20Session 2

Photographs and personal data protection in Banco de España Archive
Patricia Alonso & Elena Serrano (Banco de España)

GDPR and historical archives in private companies: The French banks’ archivists’ thinking
Cathy Drévillon (madamepapier)

GDPR in Central Archives for Finnish Business Records (Elka)
Jarmo Luoma-aho (Central Archives for Finnish Business Records)

15.00Session 3

The boundaries of archiving
Arye Schreiber (MyEDPO)

Collection, protection & collaboration: Articulating archival purpose in the age of GDPR
Melanie Peart (University of Surrey) & Vanessa Platt (former University of Surrey)

Oral history and personal data: Recording, archiving and re-use under GDPR
Rob Perks (The British Library)
16.00Greetings from the ECB Board
Isabel Schnabel (ECB & eabh)
16.30Visit to the ECB Historical Archives (limited places only!)


4 Nov 2022 at 10:15am to 5:00pm


European Central Bank
Sonnemannstrasse 20

Frankfurt am Main, Germany

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