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Summit 2019: Enlightened Responses to the
Growing Demand for Personal Data

The IAPP Global Privacy Summit 2019 explored the risk of defining personal data as an economic resource without the counterbalance of individual privacy rights. That issue question played out through breakout sessions on policy and operational details, and through the visionary imaginations of keynote speakers Margaret Atwood, danah boyd and Dani Shapiro.

Breakout sessions covered a huge variety of big topics in privacy, among them artificial intelligence, privacy by design, cross-border data transfers and data localization. It was clear from regulators’ remarks that the GDPR is rewriting the privacy profession’s rules. Data subjects are exercising their rights. Regulators are giving form to provisions like the fairness requirement and preparing to back them up with steep fines. The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) is not far behind on privacy pros’ minds, if standing-room-only sessions are any indication.

Against this backdrop keynote speakers posed their own question: what are the human consequences of an economy driven by technological innovation powered by personal data? See the highlights and gallery below for a closer look at Summit 2019.

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Summit 2019 Highlights

Media reports

Wall Street Journal: Large GDPR Fines Are Imminent, EU Privacy Regulators Say

IAPP articles

Buttarelli, Bellamy win IAPP’s Privacy Leadership and Vanguard awards

How do you manage your vendor’s vendor?

From keynote stage, regulators hint at coming sanctions

From the EU to Washington: A privacy travelogue

Financial privacy pros talk GDPR, CCPA at GPS19

See the Twitter conversation

2019 Keynotes Shed Light On the Big Picture

Margaret Atwood


Speaking from decades of thought and observation on the social effects of surveillance, Atwood warned about eroding personal liberties in the pursuit of security.

danah boyd

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

Boyd shared insights from her research about how the Internet is changing childhood and the consequences of unequal access to technology.

Dani Shapiro

Best-Selling Author of 'Inheritance'

Shapiro spoke about transforming a revelatory DNA test into a best-selling book about technology’s potential to upend our personal lives.
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
In effect for less than a year, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was already influencing global privacy practice by Summit time. This keynote panel of top European data protection regulators addressed emerging realities around the GDPR, Brexit and other developments. Among the questions they considered were how the GDPR’s cooperation and consistency mechanism was working in practice; what complaints, subject access requests and breach notifications looked like in practice; and how the EU planned to address the departure of one of its top three economies if and when Brexit happens?

Summit 2019 Gallery

Close Examination of Global Privacy Issues

Summit 2019 breakout sessions were thoughtful and often spirited discussions of major challenges facing data privacy professionals. Here are a few highlights to illustrate the range of topics. You can also see the full program on the presentations page.

Shaping the Future of Global Privacy

Speakers explored emerging consensuses on issues such as territorial scope, the scope of personal data, and legal grounds for processing in key international economies.

Letting the Machine Decide? Privacy Risks Associated With AI Technologies

How do companies address notice and transparency requirements, DSARs, and restrictions on profiling and automated decision making? How do they prevent algorithmic bias? This session analyzed the issues of working with artificial intelligence.

International Response to Global Privacy Alarm: Facebook/Cambridge Analytica/AIQ

A showcase for best practices for international cooperation confronting global privacy crises.

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