Nearly 3,500 privacy pros gathered in Washington, DC to share perspectives, innovate, educate, and widen our views of the road ahead. There was so much to do, so much to see, so much to learn.

We talked ethics, connectedness and technology. We heard moving stories, and walked in each others’ shoes. We made professional connections and gained critical perspective on the role privacy plays in the world, for today and the future. (And many realized that yes, the GDPR is a really big deal. Are you prepared?)

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Summit 2017 delivered innovative perspectives that offered a whole new take on your work in privacy.

Rabia Chaudry

Attorney, CVE Expert Consultant, Podcast Producer and Host, Undisclosed

A lawyer, advocate, podcaster and author, Rabia Chaudry's New York Times bestseller Adnan's Story continues the tale begun by Serial, the most popular podcast in history. Her work is where religion, violent extremism, law enforcement and national security intersect.

Tristan Harris

Co-director, Time Well Spent

Is your time well spent? Tristan Harris is a design ethicist and philosopher working to make sure the apps and websites you use compete not to monopolize your time, but to actually make your life better.

Rebecca Skloot

#1 New York Times Bestselling Author, Journalist

With The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and her continuing research, Rebecca Skloot brings together the worlds of science, privacy, ethics, and the most pressing societal issues facing the globe today.

J.D. Vance

#1 New York Times Bestselling Author of Hillbilly Elegy

In Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance shines light on how the decline of the manufacturing economy has taken a toll on communities. In moving from the U.S. Rust Belt to the Marines to Silicon Valley, Vance has unique insight on social values and connectedness in an evolving global society.

And the Award Goes To

The IAPP’s Leadership and Vanguard Awards are presented to pioneers and innovators in the field of privacy. The 2017 awards were presented to:

Active Learning Re-Envisioned

Our Active Learning conference sessions have always been a sold-out hit, and this year we upped the ante with a whole new format.

Those who attended the all-new Active Learning Day  got the full Summit experience. Practical, hands-on seminars, round-table style exercises and operational strategy made a big splash, arming attendees with tangible next-steps to put to use on Monday morning.

Blockbuster Sessions

An Alternative Approach to PIAs

Attendees left this session abuzz with new ideas for achieving the objectives of PIAs while avoiding all of the traditional challenges.

GDPR Beyond May of 2018

Across the board, GDPR programming was in huge demand. This session filled the room to answer some big questions: After all your hard implementation work, what comes next? How will your organization sustain compliance over time?

Practical Data De-Identification

De-identifying personal data plays a central role in every privacy professional’s and policymaker’s toolbox. This packed session dove deep into challenges and strategies using several diverse case studies.


The myth of Diana and Actaeon, from Ovid’s Metamorphosis,  symbolizes the importance of privacy throughout history and serves as a poignant allegory for data protection in our modern era.

Inspired by the beautiful Diana’s Baths waterfalls in New Hampshire and the topicality of the Diana and Actaeon myth, artist Lincoln Perry has done dozens of studies in various media both on location and in the studio. We’re honored to have featured Perry as our 2017 artist-in-residence.

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