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The call for speaking proposals has closed. Thank you to all who submitted—we received a strong selection of thought-provoking topics, and we can’t wait to announce the program in June.

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A Look Back to the 2017 Congress

A Sold-Out Crowd Sought Solutions in a Year of Extraordinary Change

2017 was the year of questions in data protection—big questions for the European Union and the world. So it was no surprise that the crowds that packed the IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress came for answers about GDPR compliance, Privacy by Design, the ePrivacy Regulation, and the many other sweeping changes populating the data protection landscape.

They found their answers in workshops and breakout sessions like the GDPR and Data Breach Bootcamps; ‘The Top 10 Operational Responses to the GDPR’; ‘Insights on Selected Complex Data Transfers Issues’; and ‘One Stop Shop: Will the Promise be Delivered?’ Delegates walked away with plans, skills and knowledge for meeting the GDPR compliance deadline and managing the issues lined up behind it.

The programming had an undeniably practical bent, but there was still time for thinking, networking, and just kicking back. Keynote speakers Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Věra Jourová, Hubertus Knabe, Jon Ronson, Birgit Sippel, Christoph Wachter and Mathias Jud shared perspectives on privacy and personal freedoms from the realms of art, government, law and history. Events like the Welcome Reception and Privacy Party ended the days on a collegial note.

It was an extraordinary Congress for an extraordinary year in data protection. Thanks to everyone who joined us and contributed to a great event. We’re already looking forward to welcoming new and returning delegates next year!

Sessions Focused on Today’s Issues

Stock your GDPR tool box

‘Accountability Made Easy with the GDPR Tools’ described how codes of conduct, certification mechanisms and internal policies could be tools for demonstrating compliance with the GDPR’s accountability principle.

‘Are We Secure?’ Getting Comfortable Answering the C-Suite Question’

This session advised delegates how to give the right–and accurate–answer when their CEO asks this question.

Excelling through adequacies

‘How Adequate Is EU Data Protection Adequacy?’ considered whether the global digital economy stands to benefit by the promulgation of EU data protection values through the future expansion of the adequacy regime.

Keynote Speakers in 2017

Heather Dewey-Hagborg

Information Artist, Bio-Hacker

Artist, scientist, and deep thinker, Dewey-Hagborg explored the limits of what can be done with data and its physical manifestations.

Věra Jourová

Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, European Commission

Jourová brought perspective from her unique position at the intersection of human rights and the digital economy.

Hubertus Knabe

Historian, Executive Director of the Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Memorial Foundation
Photo: Gedenkstätte Berlin-Hohenschönhausen/Arthur Schmidt

Hubertus Knabe offered the perspective of history from his studies of the East German Stasi’s tactics and his own attempts to smuggle banned books into East Germany.

Jon Ronson

Writer, Broadcaster, Journalist, Documentary Filmmaker

A humorist, sci-fi author, and journalist, Ronson tapped into the anxieties of social media with 'So You've Been Publicly Shamed,' examining the hive mind that descends to scold those who make mistakes in public.

Birgit Sippel

MEP, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats

As rapporteur for the EU's new ePrivacy Regulation, MEP Sippel was a central figure in development of a measure with even more potential impact than the GDPR.

Christoph Wachter & Mathias Jud


What happens when the watched watch back? Artists Wachter and Jud had the answer, following an installation that opened up a dialogue with the world’s largest intelligence agencies.


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