A Year of Sweeping Change Came into Focus

A sold-out crowd zeroed in on solutions, practical plans and actionable advice at the 2018 IAPP Europe Data Privacy Intensive. With the UK doing the rest of the world one better for fundamental changes affecting privacy—Brexit anyone?—the crowd wanted to know how to build and fine-tune the machinery of privacy protection to adapt for today and in the future.

Speakers obliged with breakout sessions on GDPR compliance, Brexit’s impact, privacy-compliant product development, breach response, privacy by design, and more. But although much of the focus was on solutions, there was still time to think about the big questions. Breakout sessions explored the ethics of staff surveillance and the future of consent. Keynote speakers approached privacy from three unique perspectives—regulator, entrepreneur and identity theft victim.

Scroll down for details and media coverage of the Intensive, plus a photo gallery of speakers and networking events.

Keynote Speakers

A Regulator, a Writer and an Entrepreneur: Different Lenses on Privacy

Elizabeth Denham

Information Commissioner, UK Information Commissioner’s Office

A year into her tenure, Commissioner Denham discussed how she was reshaping the ICO to prepare for the GDPR, Brexit, and what might be coming after them. She served notice on those who commit ‘deliberate, persistent, negligent’ data protection infractions, but also assured data protection professionals that her agency’s enforcement priorities weren’t changing drastically.

Michael Finkel

Best-Selling Author of The Stranger in the Woods and True Story

Identity theft is bad enough, but to have your identity stolen by a serial killer? New York Time best-selling author Michael Finkel described this extraordinary privacy violation to the Intensive audience and raised questions about how much we can really control our personas.

Sarah Gold


Business is built on trust, which feels like an increasingly scarce commodity in the digital world. Using the GDPR as an example, Gold spoke about seeing opportunities to demonstrate trustworthiness through user-centred compliance.

Keynote Panel

Dan Snow

Historian, Broadcaster, Television Presenter

David Vincent

Emeritus Professor of Social History, The Open University

Snow, host of the popular ‘History Hit’ podcast, presented here a live taping in front of our plenary audience with Vincent, author of the vital ‘Privacy: A Short History’.

From Technology to the GDPR, Breakout Sessions Tackled Timely Topics

Breakout sessions at the Intensive took on the hottest topics in data protection practice, regulation and technology. They included:

Privacy Challenges and Solutions for Blockchain Projects in the Context of GDPR

Speakers Anuj Das Gupta and Olivier Haas shared insights on privacy pitfalls to be considered before implementing blockchain projects, backing them up with practical recommendations and feedback from existing use cases. Data subject rights, retention requirements and international data transfer restrictions were among the issues they explored.

Are You Prepared to Address New Privacy Laws in AI Environments?

Marrying data protection and innovation in research environments is essential to developing privacy-compliant AI products. IBM Research’s Denis Patterson addressed the stubborn issue of unintentional collection of personal data by AI products and how to reduce or eliminate it through privacy best practices and risk management processes already in use.

Greatest PR #Fails in US Breach Response and How EU Companies Can Avoid Them

Communications pro Wendel Verbeek and privacy lawyer Tanya Forsheit offered advice on how not to make headlines—or at least to make them as small as possible—in the event of a data breach. They broke down the responses of organizations that endured major data breaches and led a game-show-style exercise about making decisions on the fly.

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