Sold Out Conference Tackles Privacy Challenges
The IAPP’s inaugural bi-lingual DPI: France conference played host to more than 340 delegates from over 30 countries, including Turkey, Benin, Mali, Algeria, Morocco, Qatar and Brazil to name a few. So, while the event was held in Paris, it truly was reflective of the international reach and global mission of the IAPP.
Sessions on DPIAs and vendor management were two popular topics under discussion, along with newly-formatted “micro-talk” sessions delivered by established DPOs and privacy leaders. First launched at IAPP’s Deutschland event, these 15-minute testimonials provided candid accounts of the daily struggle for professional acknowledgment of the DPO function and their journeys, and very much resonated with those in attendance.
It was the respective “Regulators’ View” panels however, that delivered the most newsworthy mentions. Jean Lessi, secretary-general of the CNIL; Joëlle Jouret, legal adviser and DPO of the EDPB; Cathal Ryan, assistant commissioner at the Irish Data Protection Commissioner; and Michael Kaiser, head of department for banking at the Hessian Data Protection Commissioner provided important regulatory insights into an ever-changing landscape.
The key takeaway from the session was that the General Data Protection Regulation has created massive shifts in how data protection authorities in the EU must budget, staff, prioritize and operate.
Besides a plethora of meetings and EDPB collaborations, regulators have been inundated with complaints and breach notifications — up 1,200 percent since the GDPR went into effect.
Michael Kaiser, data protection officer at the Hesse Data Protection Authority in Germany, suggested it's like "everyone seems to think that under the GDPR, data processing is no longer lawful."
While it's admirable companies are aiming to be transparent and communicative with regulators, the panel agreed it's resulting in a bottleneck and straining resources globally.
This type of strong content and frank discussion from faculty throughout the conference made for Q&A segments that could have easily gone well past the allotted time for most sessions.
So successful was this first-ever IAPP conference in France, that plans are already being developed for DPI: France 2020. If you can’t wait that long, we encourage you to explore two other upcoming IAPP European conferences:
IAPP Europe Data Protection Intensive: UK 2019 in London on 13-14 March
IAPP Data Protection Intensive: Deutschland 2019 in Munich on 18-19 September (bilingual event)