The In-Person IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress 2020 Has Been Cancelled

Due to the COVID-19, the IAPP has cancelled the Congress 2020. FAQs are available here.

An Online Alternative
You can still get the high-quality content you expect from IAPP events through our online and live online format with Congress Online — free to IAPP members.

Stay Ahead of this New Age in Data Protection.

The Congress represents Europe’s most influential data protection conference. Experts address the latest technologies, emerging challenges and evolving solutions for the current privacy industry.

Every year, The Congress delivers thoughtful leadership, a thriving professional community and unrivalled education. With sessions ranging from advanced comparative analysis of regulations to emerging privacy issues associated with artificial intelligence, our prestigious speakers will engage and inspire you to continue building your privacy programme at home.

Join us in Brussels for policy debate, multi-level strategic thinking and thought-provoking discussion. You may also enjoy our popular IAPP training classes, section forums and extensive workshops preceding the main conference dates.

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Visionary Keynote Speakers

Hear from regulators, thought leaders and practitioners who will help you expand your skillset and preparedness in managing privacy and data challenges. Our speakers will elevate your way of thinking when preparing for the future.



Outstanding Session Content with a Global Reach

  • Consumer privacy.
  • Regional deep-dives.
  • Trans-border data flow.
  • Regulatory developments.
  • Mergers and acquisitions (M&A).
  • Operations management.
  • Privacy-enhancing tech.
  • Consumer privacy.
  • Policy and governance.
  • Employee privacy.
  • Privacy engineering.
  • Ethics.
  • Data breach.
  • CCPA and U.S. law.
  • GDPR enforcement.
  • Data flows and BCRs.
  • Vendor management.

The Giovanni Buttarelli Memorial Lecture

The IAPP was honoured to introduce the Giovanni Buttarelli Memorial Lecture at the 2019 conference , which will now take place annually at the Congress. Mr. Buttarelli’s legacy advancing the growth and visibility of our profession will live on in forward-thinking discourse from keynotes such as the 2019 lecturer, Margrethe Vestager, European Commissioner for Competition.

The IAPP’s Angelique Carson writes in The Privacy Advisor, “Vestager left privacy professionals with the message that if we work together in this time of fast and radical change, ‘we can achieve what he wanted to achieve, what he cherished. A digital future that works for humans.’” Read the full article.

Roll Up Your Sleeves for In-Depth Education

Preceding the main conference dates, engage in hands-on, practical workshops; specialised professional forums; and privacy training courses that target the challenges facing your organisation.



Unmatched Networking, Valuable Connections

An incredible community is what differentiates IAPP conferences.

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


  • Privacy Party.
  • Welcome Reception.
  • Women Leading Privacy.
  • Networking Happy Hours.
  • Networking Lounge.
  • Roundtable Topic Discussions.
  • Volunteer opportunities.

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IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress 2020 Cancellation FAQs

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, on 26 August the IAPP has decided to cancel the IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress 2020. Below are the FAQs.

Am I getting a refund?
Registrants received an email update on 27 August with their refund credit options. If you did not receive it, please contact us here.

Can I transfer my credit to another person?
Due to the complexity of this situation, the IAPP is working as quickly as possible on all the elements required to cancel an event. We will communicate more as soon as possible.

I was going to earn continuing privacy education credits (CPEs) at the event. How else can I earn them?
You can view CPE opportunities here.

Do I need to cancel my hotel room?
If you have already made a hotel reservation for this event, you should contact the hotel or your travel provider directly to cancel.

Will the IAPP cover other costs incurred in booking travel to and accommodation for the conference?
The IAPP is not able to accommodate financial losses due to this cancellation. We encourage you to contact your travel provider and hotel.

Can webinars or virtual sessions be created in place of the conference?
Yes! Check out the brand-new IAPP Summit Sessions on-demand web conference library. This new collection features 70+ sessions curated from this year’s programme — and it is free to IAPP members. Access it now.

I was registered for training only. When and where can I train now?
You can transfer your training registration to any upcoming trainings delivered by the IAPP, including live in-person, live online or self-paced online formats. Alternatively, you can schedule a training with one of our Official Training Partners, and we will help you with that transaction. Please contact us here for further information. You can also visit

I was exhibiting at the event. Will I receive a refund?
Your exhibit fees have been refunded as a credit to your IAPP organisation account. Your IAPP representative will be in touch to discuss ways to still reach the privacy community, including some exciting new virtual offerings as well as other options.

I was a sponsor for the event. Will I receive a refund?
Your sponsorship fees have been refunded as a credit to your IAPP organisation account. Your IAPP representative will be in touch to discuss ways to still reach the privacy community, including some exciting new virtual offerings as well as other options.

Will any of the event content be incorporated into future events?
The IAPP’s primary focus is delivering high-quality and timely programming. It is our hope that we will utilise this content in future conferences or events, including virtual content offerings.

Why did you wait until 26 August to cancel?
The COVID-19 situation has been dynamic. The IAPP wanted to ensure it was exploring every option before disrupting the work and travel plans of our speakers, sponsors, exhibitors, delegates and staff. The IAPP decided to cancel the event in light of the growing concerns over the global spread of COVID-19 and increasing numbers of faculty, sponsors and delegates unable to attend due to corporate travel restrictions.

Are events like the Privacy and Data Protection Law Forum and Privacy Engineering Section Forum cancelled?
Yes. All IAPP events scheduled from 16 November through 19 November were cancelled.

Is there any documentation I can give my boss to show that the event was officially cancelled?
Please reach out to IAPP External Affairs Director Lindsay Hinkle at to receive documentation via email. As an alternative, feel free to use this FAQ webpage as documentation.

I still have questions. Who can I contact?
Please contact us here.

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