The Global Privacy Summit 2019 will gather more than 3,600 professionals from around the world for an outstanding program with a truly global focus. Come to Washington, D.C., for up to four days of education, guidance, inspiration and connections that will spotlight the big picture of data protection.

The most-anticipated privacy event of the year will deliver breadth of content in a variety of formats, spaces and activities to accommodate your learning and networking style. From deep-dive training workshops to after-hours social gatherings, your solutions—and your people—await.

In the face of mounting complexity, the Summit 2019 will light the way ahead.

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Keynotes Shed Light On the Big Picture

Margaret Atwood


From 1985's 'The Handmaid's Tale' to 2015's 'The Heart Goes Last,' Atwood has been exploring the power and effects of surveillance for decades as one of literature's most prominent and important thinkers.

danah boyd

Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research; Founder and President, Data & Society

From examinations of how the internet is changing childhood to research on inequalities driven and ameliorated by technological developments, boyd has gleaned deep insight into how the networked world is changing society.

Dani Shapiro

Best-Selling Author of 'Inheritance'

What happens when a DNA test makes an award-winning memoirist realize everything she thought she knew about her family was wrong? Another best-selling book about her search for her biological father.
Photo Credit: Michael Maren

Keynote Panel

Moderator: Ruth Boardman

Partner, Co-head, International Data Protection Practice, Bird & Bird

Elizabeth Denham

Information Commissioner, U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office

Helen Dixon

Commissioner, Data Protection Ireland

Andrea Jelinek

Chairwoman, European Data Protection Board; Director, Austrian Data Protection Authority

Data Protection in Times of Turbulence: GDPR, Brexit and the Court of Justice
Less than a year after the entry into force of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the EU is undergoing unprecedented turbulence with Brexit hanging in the balance and highly anticipated fateful judicial decisions of the CJEU about the global data transfer regime. How has GDPR impacted European regulators? How is the cooperation and consistency mechanism working in practice? What do complaints, subject access requests and breach notifications look like in practice? How will the EU address the departure of one of its top three economies? What will the data regime look like between the U.K. and EU and between the U.K. and the rest of the world? In this keynote panel, Europe’s leading data protection regulators, including the Chair of the EDPB, the Data Protection Commissioner of Ireland, and the U.K.’s Information Commissioner, discuss GDPR enforcement a year on, Brexit and the future of cross-border data flows.

Roll Up Your Sleeves for Active Learning

Let’s get down to business. On Active Learning Day, get ready for hands-on, practical, round-table-style workshops targeting the privacy challenges facing your organization.

Best value! Add Active Learning Day to your main conference registration with the Conference Plus+ Pass (3-Day).

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Outstanding Session Content With a Global Reach

Shaping the Future of Global Privacy

Explore how the privacy debate is evolving in key economies around the world. We’ll discuss emerging global consensus on how to address issues such as territorial scope, the scope of personal data and legal grounds for processing.


Cell Phone Disco transforms the electromagnetic field of an active mobile phone into another frequency range—the range of visible light—making an invisible property of the environment perceptible to our senses. The installation reveals the communicating body of our mobile phones.

We are honored to feature Informationlab as our 2019 artist-in-residence. Each year, the Summit artist’s work is incorporated into theme, palette and design for the conference.

Unmatched Networking, Valuable Connections

An incredible community is what makes IAPP events a cut above.

Year after year, Summit regulars rave about the diversity of opportunities to dial in and find their crowd. Find yours at a variety of events-within-the-event.



The Ultimate Deep Dive: IAPP Section Forums

The IAPP’s Privacy Bar Section and Privacy Engineering Section are holding their next forums on Active Learning Day, May 1. Get into the details with other professionals in data protection law or privacy engineering at these highly specialized programs.


We’re thrilled to return to D.C. at the Marriott Marquis Washington, D.C. and Walter E. Washington Convention Center. We can’t wait to see you there.

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