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Confronting the Challenges, Uniting for Solutions

Bring your case studies and hand sanitiser – get ready to discuss the latest regulation changes.

The IAPP is excited to return to Brussels for the 10th annual gathering of Europe’s #1 data protection conference. Congress 2021 will provide the space for in-person discussions, safe networking and the curated content delegates anticipate year after year.

Join our high-level experts for exclusive discussions on strategic developments in regional and international data privacy. Topics will range from privacy in technology, data transfers, the ‘Schrems II’ decision, data marketing and the continued development of the GDPR. With exclusive session content and more opportunities to connect with data protection authorities, this year’s conference will leave you with insights and operational best practices that can be applied right away.

From evolving enforcement actions to technological advances, this is a chance to keep your operation a step ahead of the changes. Make sure you are in on the conversation.


Keynote Speakers

Helen Dixon

Commissioner, Data Protection Commission

Helen Dixon takes us on a whistle-stop tour through several key developments in EU data protection regulation over the last 3 years and will seek to draw conclusions on where progress has been made, and indicate areas for growth.

Dagmar Hovestädt

Head of Communication and Research, Federal Archives - Stasi Records Archive

Dagmar Hovestädt is a steward of the Stasi Records Archive, which chronicles human rights violations that occurred in the former East German Democratic Republic, perpetrated by secret police and elected officials. The Archive, conquered during the Peaceful Revolution of 1989, catalogues the power of surveillance, while acting as a tool for justice and remembrance. It also presents fascinating parallels to data collection and its handling and relationship to human rights today.

Nina Jankowicz

Global Fellow, Wilson Center

An expert on online influence campaigns and the Eurasia region, Nina Jankowicz has analyzed the technology and motivation behind recent advanced attacks. Her perspective is critical to understanding the disinformation machine’s influence on democracy and global trust at large.

David Olusoga

Award-Winning Documentary Filmmaker, Historian, Author, Broadcaster

By examining 19th century epidemiological history, David Olusoga explores the fascinating origins of when data was first used to extend life. How do those early discoveries underpin modern-day strategies for collecting, managing and protecting public health data globally?

Sessions have engaging dialogue & operational guidance

Hear speakers address a range of topics including:

  • Policy & governance.
  • Trans-border data flow.
  • Privacy operations management.
  • Data protection post-pandemic.
  • Health care privacy.
  • Regulatory developments.
  • Data ethics.
  • Artificial intelligence.
  • Consumer privacy & marketing.

Unmatched networking, valuable connections

Our incredible community has made IAPP events renowned among the privacy profession.

From casual conversations to formal festivities, the Congress offers constant opportunities to connect with fellow professionals throughout Europe’s data protection community. Check out the full schedule of networking activities.



  • Welcome Reception Breakfast.
  • Co-Work Space.
  • Industry Meet-Ups.
  • Roundtable Topic Discussions.
  • 5-Minute Belgian Beer Mixer.
  • Sections Happy Hour.
  • Mentor Mingle.


The Congress returns to Square Brussels Convention Centre in the city’s Mont des Arts, convenient to historical and cultural attractions and offering a broad view of the cityscape.

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

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