Recap: P.S.R. 2019
P.S.R. 2019 weighed the impact of
technology’s march into privacy
IAPP Privacy. Security. Risk. 2019 took on the digital world’s growing presence in daily life and the big operational issues in privacy program management.
Keynote speakers took privacy out of policy and operations realms and put them in a human perspective. A scene from the upcoming play “The Right to Be Forgotten” dramatized how evolving technologies operating on a massive scale affect individual lives. On the operational side, attendees chose from a deep selection of breakout sessions on practical subjects and heard from a panel of California privacy experts on the impending California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) compliance deadline.
Kashmir Hill, a technology reporter for the New York Times, described the difficulty of unplugging from the major technology companies and still living a “normal” life. Disconnecting from Facebook, Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Apple one at a time revealed how entrenched they were in her life – and by extension, those of everyone who uses them. Janelle Shane took a humorous look at the current anxiety around the artificial intelligence’s perceived reach. She presented a series of anecdotes that illustrated how AI applications are limited by human input.
Former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said this generation of privacy professionals is making history because it is dealing with the first “inexhaustible capital asset” ̶ personal data ̶ in a regulatory and legislative environment still built around finite assets like oil. He encouraged them to embrace their role.
“The Right to Be Forgotten” dramatizes the struggle of a man trying to erase the mistakes of his youth from the internet. Play Director Seema Sueko and the cast presented a scene that explored the ethical and moral implications of technology that never forgets ̶ but perhaps should, in some cases.
Popular breakout sessions included managing data subject access requests, tips for presenting to boards of directors, defining vendor relationships, and tips for building a strong privacy program in a turbulent regulatory ecosystem. The schedule also left plenty of time for networking and relaxation at events such as the 5-Minute Mixer and the Party at the Chelsea. Scroll down for a full recap.
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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 at iapp.org/psr-handouts.