Martin Abrams

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Information Accountability Foundation

Chief Strategist

Martin Abrams, Foundation Executive Director and Chief Strategist has 35 years of experience as an information and consumer policy innovator. Multi-stakeholder collaboration has been a key for Abrams practical solutions to information policy dilemma. Abrams most recent work has been on big data governance, and privacy compliance driven by demonstrable responsible data stewardship. For the past five years he has led the Global Accountability Project which has refined the accountability principle that is part of various data protection laws and guidance documents. Abrams work on multi-layered privacy notices changed the way policy makers and organizations though about privacy transparency. His work is generally reflected in new laws and regulatory guidance in jurisdictions from Asia, through Europe to the Americas. He has led educational seminars on almost every continent, and has been a key advisor to four International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners. He has been deeply involved in the development of APEC Cross Border Privacy Rules. Abrams has also been involved at the OECD WPISP. He has been an advisor to numerous bench-mark corporate privacy programs.

Abrams was the co-founder and President of the Centre for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton & Williams LLP which he led for 13 years. He was Vice President Information Policy at Experian, and Director Information Policy at TRW Information Systems and services where he designed one of the early privacy impact assessment tools. He chaired the TRW and then Experian Consumer Advisory Council. He began his consumer policy work was at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland where he was Assistant Vice President and Community Affairs Office. His vision at the Federal Reserve Bank was to drive collaboration by helping banks and the communities they serve find their intersection of self interest.

Abrams continues to seek practical solution to assure information driven innovation with personal dignity at the Foundation.Abrams was the co-founder and President of the Centre for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton & Williams LLP which he led for 13 years. He was Vice President Information Policy at Experian, and Director Information Policy at TRW Information Systems and services where he designed one of the early privacy impact assessment tools. He chaired the TRW and then Experian Consumer Advisory Council. He began his consumer policy work was at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland where he was Assistant Vice President and Community Affairs Office. His vision at the Federal Reserve Bank was to drive collaboration by helping banks and the communities they serve find their intersection of self interest.

Abrams continues to seek practical solution to assure information driven innovation with personal dignity at the Foundation.

 

Contributions by Martin Abrams

  • International Developments Impacting Canada
    Speaker at IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium 2019
  • Advancing Accountability: From Theory to Sound Privacy Frameworks and Operations
    Speaker at IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium 2019
  • Not Grand’s Privacy Law: Fundamental Questions for Comprehensive U.S. Regime
    Moderator at Global Privacy Summit 2019
  • Demonstrating Responsible Use Through Legitimate Interests
    Speaker at Global Privacy Summit 2018
  • Machines That Learn: Can They Also Be Taught Human Values?
    Speaker at Global Privacy Summit 2018
  • Maintaining Customer Trust When Governments Demand Access to Data 3:30-5:30
    Moderator at Global Privacy Summit 2017
  • Assuring Innovation with Regulatory Acceptance by Vetting Data Uses 9:30-11:30
    Speaker at Global Privacy Summit 2017
  • Defining Data Ethics in an Observational Age
    Speaker at Privacy. Security. Risk. 2016
  • Digital Ethics, the EDPS and the Ethics Advisory Group
    Speaker at IAPP Europe Data Protection Intensive 2016
  • Big Data Project Vetting to Assure Fair and Innovative Data Use
    Speaker at Global Privacy Summit 2016
  • Big Data Project Vetting to Assure Fair and Innovative Data Use
    Speaker at Privacy. Security. Risk. 2015
  • Big Data Ethics: You Can, but Should You?
    Speaker at IAPP Asia Privacy Forum 2015 - Singapore
  • A Unified Ethical Frame for Big Data ? MCLE Ethics Credit Eligible!
    Speaker at Global Privacy Summit 2015
  • Privacy Governance and Controls: How Do You Know You Are Doing It Right?
    Speaker at Practical Privacy Series - New York 2014
  • Speaker at Global Privacy Summit 2014
  • Which Drives Leadership: Compliance or Strategy?
    Privacy Perspectives
  • Speaker at Canada Privacy Symposium 2013
  • Accountability Is About Values
    Privacy Perspectives
  • Speaker at IAPP Academy 2010
  • Speaker at IAPP Global Privacy Summit 2011
  • Speaker at IAPP Global Privacy Summit 2012
  • Speaker at IAPP Practical Privacy Series D.C. 2011
  • Speaker at IAPP Academy 2011
  • Speaker at IAPP Academy 2006
  • Speaker at IAPP Global Privacy Summit 2010
  • Speaker at IAPP Academy 2005
  • Speaker at IAPP Navigate 2008
  • Speaker at IAPP Global Privacy Summit 2005
  • Speaker at IAPP Academy 2007
  • Speaker at IAPP Symposium 2004
  • Speaker at IAPP Academy 2003
  • Speaker at Practical Privacy Series, Washington DC 2009
  • Speaker at IAPP Global Privacy Summit 2006
  • Speaker at IAPP Global Privacy Summit 2009
  • Speaker at IAPP Global Privacy Summit 2008
  • Speaker at IAPP Global Privacy Summit 2007