Call for Speakers Open

Your contribution is needed. Help shape the programme for Europe’s leading data protection event by submitting a speaking proposal for next year’s conference in Brussels.

The 2019 Congress will draw nearly 2,000 professionals from around the world, as the data protection community faces the first GDPR enforcement actions as well as new, incoming global regulations.

Elevate your professional profile by adding your expertise to the conversation. Click below to find instructions, tips for acceptance, and to submit your proposal.

Submission Information

2018 Recap

A Sold-Out Congress Delivered Big Takeaways

As data protection continues to go mainstream, 2019 is sure to be about enforcement—but also about guidance.

Read The Privacy Advisor’s Dispatch from Brussels: GDPR enforcement, guidance to come in 2019.

Privacy and data protection professionals from across the globe packed the SQUARE Brussels Convention Centre for a productive and eye-opening week. For the GDPR-wracked field, this year’s conference was an opportunity to regroup, collaborate, and celebrate a year of hard work.

Hot topics—besides GDPR, of course—included the destabilising uncertainty over Brexit, the future of legitimate interests, the ePrivacy Regulation, artificial intelligence and algorithmic integrity, data breach response in the face of multiple regimes, and the importance of ethics when it comes to privacy by design and the data protection professional’s role in society.

Where Did All the Handouts Go?

All literature handouts will now be provided in digital format instead of paper. You can access them conveniently—before, during or after the conference.

Literature Handouts

2018 Photo Gallery

Thought-Provoking Keynotes Wowed and Inspired

Yvette Alberdingk-Thijm

Executive Director, WITNESS

In privacy, transparency is everything. For Alberdingk-Thijm, transparency is also vital for helping to solve human rights abuses and promoting justice.

Woodrow Hartzog

Professor of Law and Computer Science, Northeastern University

With the GDPR, data protection by design has become the law of the land. Hartzog argues, however, that this mandate doesn't go nearly far enough if we truly want to regulate the processing of personal data.

Andrea Jelinek

Chairwoman, European Data Protection Board; Director, Austrian Data Protection Authority

As the new chair of the European Data Protection Board, the world looks to Jelinek for answers on privacy regulation.

Sir Ivan Rogers

Former British Permanent Representative to the EU

As the former permanent representative of the UK to the European Union, few people have a better understanding of current Brexit negotiations and potential outcomes than Rogers.

Programming for the GDPR Era

The New In-House DPO Role in Practice

Get real perspective from real in-house DPOs in global organisations. This session delivered insight from regulatory, outside counsel, and organisational points of view.

Understanding GDPR Enforcement

What does privacy enforcement look like? How has it changed? Speakers guided delegates through key elements of the new enforcement regime using practical examples.

The Congress Across Social

And the Award Goes To...

The IAPP has awarded Trūata with the HPE-IAPP Privacy Innovation Award for recognizing the need and importance of data anonymization. Congratulations!

The HPE-IAPP Privacy Innovation Awards recognize unique programs and services in global privacy and data protection in the private and public sectors and serve to distinguish organizations that integrate privacy in such a way that elevates its value as both a competitive differentiator and a centerpiece of customer and citizen trust.

Other Conferences

Conference 12-13 February 

Paris to host IAPP multi-language conference in February.

Join data protection professionals from across Europe for two days of concentrated learning, sharing, and networking at the IAPP Data Protection Intensive: France 2019 in Paris on 12-13 February.

Paris accueillera une conférence en plusieurs langues de l’IAPP au mois de février.

Rejoignez les professionnels de la protection des données venus de toute l’Europe pendant deux journées intensives d’apprentissage, de partage et de réseautage à l’occasion de la conférence IAPP Data Protection Intensive : France 2019 à Paris les 12 et 13 février.

25 February 
Fremont, CA

Start planning your response to the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) by diving into its details at the IAPP CCPA Comprehensive. This day-long examination of the law will prepare your organization to manage compliance while avoiding pitfalls and major disruptions. 

Certification Training April 30-May 1
Active Learning May 1
Conference May 2-3
Washington, DC

The world’s premier privacy and data protection conference focuses on international topics, policy and strategy. Recognized as a leading forum for discussion, the Summit features expert speakers and top regulators, and delivers unmatched education and networking opportunities.