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About the Congress

The Congress is a forum for regulators, data protection experts and privacy professionals from across Europe and around the world to engage in unparalleled education and lively debate on the latest developments for the European data protection community.

Brussels: Crossroads of European Culture and Commerce

The Congress returns to the Square Meeting Centre in the heart of Brussels for the 2017 event. Visit their website to learn more about the venue and its historic location.

SQUARE – Brussels Meeting Centre
rue Mont des Arts
B-1000 Brussels
Tel: +32 02.515.1300

Highlights from Last Year’s Congress

The 2016 event showcased the full scope of training, learning and networking opportunities that abound at the Congress. Our speakers, sponsors and exhibitors spared no effort in making the 2016 Congress a resounding success and creating momentum for the 2017 event. Gathering in Brussels, more than 1,100 delegates discussed the premier issues in information privacy, from the GDPR to international data transfers and the changing role of the data protection officer.

The 2016 Congress Made News:

Keynote Speakers Informed and Enlightened

Lord Richard Allan

Vice President Public Policy EMEA, Facebook

As head of Facebook's policy efforts in the EU, Baron Allan of Hallam brought to the Congress deep experience in data protection and insight into how policymakers see the present and the future.

Karen Kornbluh

Executive VP, External Affairs, Nielsen

From her work at the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, to leading U.S. President Barack Obama's policy team, to serving as the U.S. Ambassador to the OECD, Karen Kornbluh brought to the Congress a rare background in analysing and devising policy around technology and communications. She offered delegates her thoughts on the future of privacy, technological jurisdiction, and the lasting effects of the U.S. presidential election.

Gerd Leonhard

Futurist, Humanist, Author, CEO, The Futures Agency

Gerd Leonhard focuses on ‘hard futures’, eventualities that are almost certain to come to pass, and how they will change the way we live, work and play. He looks into the future of human-machine interactions, near-constant and ubiquitous surveillance and the Faustian bargains of ‘free’ Internet services, and sees a panoply of privacy issues.


Nuria Oliver

Scientific Director, Telefónica

Nuria Oliver is a leading computer scientist who examines the most pressing issues in artificial intelligence, big data, and how both can have a positive impact on society at large.


We Heard from the Regulators

Giovanni Buttarelli and Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin offered insights on the future of data protection in Europe under the shadow of the GDPR and Brexit.


Giovanni Buttarelli

European Data Protection Supervisor

Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin

Chairwoman, Article 29 Working Party, President, CNIL

Keynote Panel

Moderator: Omer Tene

VP of Research and Education, IAPP

Giovanni Buttarelli

European Data Protection Supervisor

Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin

Chairwoman, Article 29 Working Party, President, CNIL

Edith Ramirez

Chairwoman, Federal Trade Commission

Our Keynote Panel, moderated by the IAPP’s Omer Tene, featured a discussion between the heads of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and Article 29 Working Party, as well as the European Data Protection Supervisor. The conversation focused on the GDPR and provided deep insights into this hotly negotiated legislation.

Informative, Provocative Programming

GDPR and NIS: A Perfect Regulatory Storm?

We walked away with an enhanced understanding of the convergence and synergy of the NIS Directive and the GDPR, and what foundational elements of privacy and security need to be in place in an organisation to support a successful programme response.

Case Study: Connected Cars, No Longer Emerging but Reality

Telematics can be beneficial, but there are significant ethical concerns to keep in mind when they are in use. We discussed the practical issues to recognise when they are implemented.

Women Leading Privacy

Top female privacy and security leaders shared their experiences, challenges, and advice on developing as both a professional and a female leader as the percentage of female CPOs and CIOs increases.

Images from an Unforgettable Event

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