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You can still get the high-quality content you expect from IAPP events through our online and live online content with Congress Online 2020 — 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.
  • Law and policy regional deep-dives.
  • Trans-border data flow.
  • Regulatory developments.
  • Mergers and acquisitions (M&A).
  • Operations management.
  • Privacy-enhancing tech.
  • 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. 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 COVID-19 Precautions

The IAPP is actively monitoring the developments surrounding COVID-19 as the safety for delegates and staff are our highest priority. At this time, the Congress 2021 is proceeding as planned. If anything changes warranting a re-evaluation, we assure you we will immediately assess, address and respond to the new situation. We encourage delegates to monitor the World Health Organization website and CDC website for information and review WHO’s Travel Advice before travelling. We also recommend reviewing WHO’s advice for the public.

The IAPP will work with the conference venue to take extra safety precautions as needed. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your upcoming trip, please contact us.

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