IAPP launches the “Giovanni Buttarelli Memorial Lecture”

PORTSMOUTH, NH – Oct. 24, 2019 – In memory of European Data Protection Supervisor Giovanni Buttarelli who passed away in August this year, the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) is launching an annual lecture series, the “Giovanni Buttarelli Memorial Lecture,” honouring Mr. Buttarelli’s achievements as a prominent leader in the field of data protection and privacy.

“With this lecture series, we pay tribute to the work of our late friend and colleague. Giovanni’s passing has been a massive loss for the data protection community. Privacy and data protection professionals worldwide feel tremendous gratitude for his contribution to data protection, privacy and ethics. Giovanni was a passionate, dedicated and brave leader, who put humanity and dignity before technological progress. He attracted respect and admiration of all those who had the chance to cross his path. We miss him,” said, Trevor Hughes, IAPP President and CEO.

The Giovanni Buttarelli Memorial Lecture will be held annually at the IAPP Data Protection Congress in Brussels. It will feature leading voices from academia, politics and business. The inaugural lecturer will be Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice President-Designate of the European Commission, on 20 November 2019.

Giovanni Buttarelli (1957-2019) was appointed European Data Protection Supervisor in 2014. From January 2009 to December 2014, he served as Assistant Supervisor. Before joining the EDPS, he was Secretary General at the Italian Data Protection Authority from 1997-2009. As a Cassation judge in the Italian judiciary, he has long been involved in many initiatives and committees on data protection and related issues at international level. In May 2019, Buttarelli was presented with the IAPP's 2019 Privacy Leadership Award.

About the IAPP
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