A Monumental Conference for
A Profession at Crossroads
Our work is deeply human. Data is the new oil. The most expensive thing in the world is trust.
These are just a few of the memorable takeaways from the IAPP’s most successful event ever. Summit delivered some serious perspective, and serious inspiration for a groundbreaking year ahead. You know the work of privacy pros is important. Now the rest of the world is taking notice, too.
From the main stage to the podiums of breakout sessions, leading voices from the EU and worldwide reminded attendees the purpose of new regulations—GDPR, ePrivacy, and others—is a human one. Many countries are declaring that individuals have fundamental privacy rights, and those rights should be protected. In fact, the ePrivacy Regulation “is about freedom, justice and equality as basic principles for a free and democratic society,” explained keynote speaker MEP Birgit Sippel.
Check out the wrap-up from the IAPP Publications Team:
Powerful Keynotes Shook the Foundations
Social Activist, Writer, Public Speaker
Photography Credit: Damon Winter/The New York Times/Redux
Addressing such topics as survival, resilience, digital reputation and equality, Lewinsky shared firsthand perspective on private shame as a very public and in-demand online commodity. Her inspirational take-home for attendees: shame cannot survive compassion.
MEP, International Trade, TiSA Rapporteur
The vice president of the European Commission challenged conference attendees, “Do you want to be a standard maker or a standard taker?” MEP Reding oversaw the original drafting of the GDPR. Now, as MEP she oversees the EU's position in global trade, including the digital economy.
Writer, Broadcaster, Journalist, Documentary Filmmaker
Ronson, author of “So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed,” examined the anxieties of social media and the way the internet is changing everything. In a keynote packed with startling examples, he described the global fascination with shaming as “toddlers crawling toward a handgun.”
Professor, Columbia University; Contributing Editor, Financial Times
To look forward, we must know the past. Such is Simon Schama’s specialty—and he delivered a chilling snapshot of the state of the world today, and its significance. “Real history is not for the faint hearted,” warned Schama.
MEP, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats
The rapporteur for the EU’s new ePrivacy Regulation took the stage and greeted the crowd with a simple, yet worrying declaration, “We need to talk.” The basis of her talk? Privacy is about freedom, justice and equality in the 21st century. And it’s all of us—the privacy pros—at the helm.
Summit Ripples Across Social
.@BirgitSippelMEP is scaring the bejesus out of @PrivacyPros at #GPS18: “Listen carefully here in the room and out on Twitter,” fact you all keep complaining about consent suggests you have a big compliance problem “come May.”
— Joseph Jerome (@joejerome) March 28, 2018
A quick summary of the excellent conference @PrivacyPros D.C. with (in my opinion) speaker’s prize for MVS (Most Valuable Speaker) going to @DPCIreland whose talks were packed out and feedback consistently excellent. Thank you to everyone for making this a wonderful event. https://t.co/AtnQhCJAFe
— kate colleary (@maddenista) March 29, 2018
— Daniel Florian (@d_florian) March 27, 2018
Blockbuster Breakout Sessions
Believe it or not, the GDPR wasn’t the only topic on everyone’s agendas, but you’d be forgiven for thinking so from its standing-room-only crowds. Attendees also got a big serving of HIPAA, data security, emerging tech (will today’s blockchain be tomorrow’s dial-up?), a conversation with Max Schrems, and a panel discussion with officials from the Department of Justice.
Helen Dixon, Commissioner, Office of the Data Protection Commissioner of Ireland, and moderator Ruth Boardman spoke to a packed room about GDPR preparation and the daunting reality of non-compliance fines.
Department of Justice Perspective on Key Surveillance Controversies
Straight from the DOJ, this hot session streamed live on C-Span. Two long-time, leading Department of Justice officials discussed a range of current criminal and national security surveillance issues and the privacy considerations behind them.
Shamelessly Scraping the Web: The Ethics of Collecting Data from Public Profiles
What timing, right? With Facebook and Cambridge Analytica making headlines during the Summit, this session couldn’t have been more relevant.
Hot Off the Press
- Above the Law: GDPR Compliance: We’ve Only Just Begun
- Above the Law: The Next Hot Area Of Law: Privacy
- Adweek: Facebook Is Rolling Out New Privacy Tools. Will It Be Enough?
- CSPAN: Coverage of DOJ panel
- DATASMART CONSULTING LLC: Top Five Takeaways from #GPS18
- Law 360: EU Losing Trust In US Privacy Protections, Lawmaker Says
- Law 360: Senate Still Struggling With Data Breach Bill, Aide Says
- Mlex: Ireland’s Dixon taking the long view on privacy for GDPR, Facebook, Privacy Shield, other issues
- Science Alert: Facebook Has Just Updated Privacy Settings, So Here’s What You Need to Know
- The Privacy Advisor: Israel, Japan, Canada talk keeping up with the GDPR
- The Privacy Advisor: Sippel’s appeal to privacy pros: Help me maintain human dignity
- The Washington Post: Facebook makes its privacy controls simpler as company faces data reckoning
- The Washington Times: Justice Department defends CLOUD Act, a controversial new data-storage law
The premier event in Canadian privacy, the Symposium features top regulators and thought-leaders for intensive education and lively discussion on ever-emerging data privacy issues affecting your organization—today and in the future. Registration opens in February.
The only conference that brings globally recognized IAPP programming to Asia. The Forum delivers world-class discussion and education on the top data protection trends and challenges in the Asia Pacific region and around the globe.