Bring on the GDPR!


More than 400 data protection professionals left the Intensive prepared to manage and mitigate today’s most critical issues—especially the myriad of key changes expected around the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation.

Watch keynote Dara Murphy on maintaining the correct balance between innovation and citizens’ rights.



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Expert Keynotes

John Bowman

Senior Principal, Promontory Financial Group

Jan Clements

Media Law Specialist and Senior Legal Adviser, Guardian News & Media Limited

Anna Fielder

Trustee and Chair, Privacy International

Ben Hammersley

Author, Artist and Futurist

Rosemary Jay

Senior Attorney, Hunton & Williams

Baroness Sarah Ludford

House of Lords

Dara Murphy

Minister of State, the Departments of An Taoiseach and Foreign Affairs and Trade with special Responsibility for European Affairs and Data Protection

Julia Powles

Researcher, Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law, University of Cambridge

Max Sorensen, CIPP/E

Corporate Counsel – Data Privacy Officer, LEGO

Top Session Highlights

  • Dutch DPA Jacob Kohnstamm, Sidley Austin Partner and former GC at the U.S. Department of Commerce Cam Kerry and Unilever CPO Steven Wright closed the event with one of its most important discussions: Will we ever get to a “plug and play” global data marketplace? Not unless the EU and U.S. can make significant progress in finding more common ground. Read More
  • Assistant EDPS Wojciech Wiewiórowski hinted at a major position paper on big data by summer in a panel discussion detailing the very real responsibility—and risk—that comes with collecting and analysing vast troves of customer data. View Presentation
  • Just how transparent should organisations be with their customers in communicating the personal data use behind their sophisticated marketing plans? Before making tough decisions, companies must be transparent with themselves. View Presentation
  • Privacy impact assessments: They are foundational to the profession and yet remain the subject of great interest. Delegates were rapt in a discussion of the substantially different PIA approaches and tools currently being used. View Presentation

Network and Get Connected

We truly marveled at Drapers Hall’s treasure trove of royal portraiture and opulent appointments. Delegates spent just as much time photographing the spectacular surroundings as they did speculating on the future of the state of the industry.

Staff were forced to bring in pallets of chairs to the Women Leading Privacy networking session, which stretched to over 90 minutes from it’s scheduled half-hour. Women from across Europe and beyond discussed the realities of self-promotion, tactical career decisions and playing to strengths in what has become an industry full of opportunity for women eager to grab it.

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