Let’s Get Down to the Nitty Gritty

It’s been a big year for the privacy profession, from the GDPR to Privacy Shield.

The Practical Privacy Series returns to Washington, DC, right when you need it, with rapid and intensive education to arm you with the knowledge you need to stay ahead of the curve.

Here’s the schedule:

Wednesday, December 7

  • Data Breach
  • FTC and Consumer Privacy

Thursday, December 8

  • GDPR
  • Government

Data Breach

Breach. Breach. Breach. What could there be to talk about that you haven’t heard a million times before? Plenty. The threat environment is constantly changing, the expectations of regulators constantly evolving, and the role of the privacy professional is increasingly complex. This year, we approach the timeline of a data breach, focusing on what you need to be doing before, during, and after personal information has been compromised.

What you’ll take away:

  • Tips for working closely with infosec
  • How to make your data toxic to hackers
  • The importance of the first 72 hours
  • When and why you need a forensic team
  • Who should talk to the media (and who shouldn’t)

FTC and Consumer Privacy

The world’s most powerful and active privacy regulator has been busier than ever in 2016 and continues to keep pace with the latest tech and policy developments. Here, we bring the regulators to you so you can get the facts on current expectations and enforcement trends and keep your organization on the right side of the FTC.

What you’ll take away:

  • FTC privacy and cybersecurity priorities for 2017
  • Insights on fairness in big data analytics
  • Cross-device issues that keep the FTC up at night, with a focus on smart TVs
  • The right and wrong ways to respond to a CID letter
  • An improved understanding of FTC collaboration with the FCC and CFPB 


We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: This is the most important piece of privacy legislation to hit the global stage in two decades. If your organization has any interest in doing business in Europe, you need to get up to speed, and fast. But this is the Practical Privacy Series, and that means this isn’t about the law, it’s about how to make it work for you. We’ll take a deep dive into operationalizing many of the GDPR’s most difficult mandates. 

What you’ll take away:

  • How to talk to the C-suite about what you’ll need
  • Insight into new terms, like pseudonymization
  • Tips for accomplishing difficult consent obligations
  • What privacy by design means now
  • The opportunities that lie in the GDPR


President Obama has spoken: Privacy is important to the federal government and resources are on the way to help. With initiatives like the Federal Privacy Council and Circular A-130, it’s clear that privacy professionals have a new mandate and a strong voice at their back. But that doesn’t make the job any easier. This year’s focus is on the new people and tools you’ll need to take on the president’s imperative. 

What you’ll take away:

  • Tips for recruiting and retaining top talent
  • A look at new tech solutions for privacy operations management
  • Insight into how the Internet of Things will impact your agency
  • New best practices regarding social media use
  • A feel for the latest privacy-enhancing solutions

Expert Keynotes

Joe Calandrino

Research Director, Office of Technology Research and Investigations, Federal Trade Commission

As newly minted Research Director of the FTC's Office of Technology Research and Investigation, Calandrino is a computer scientist who brings a wealth of experience from the business world.

Travis LeBlanc

Chief of Enforcement, FCC

As Chief of Enforcement at the FCC, LeBlanc leads the Commission's 24 field offices in upholding its rules and regulations. Previously, he served in the Obama White House and with California AG Kamala Harris.

Maneesha Mithal

Associate Director, Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, FTC

In her work at the FTC's Division of Privacy and Identity Protection since 1999, Mithal has worked to settle cases against the likes of Google and Facebook, while exploring new tech like facial recognition and the Internet of Things.

Maureen Ohlhausen

Commissioner, FTC

Commissioner Ohlhausen has a long history in privacy and data protection, first coming to the FTC in 1997. She has recently worked with the EU Commission in negotiating Privacy Shield and the FCC on understanding their collaborative work in enforcement.

Nuala O’Connor, CIPP/G, CIPP/US

President, CEO, Center for Democracy and Technology

Following a stint as the first Chief Privacy Officer at the Department of Homeland Security, O'Connor now leads one of the foremost policy groups in the Internet space, building on her work with GE, Amazon and DoubleClick.

JoAnn Stonier, CIPM

EVP, Chief Information Governance and Privacy Officer, MasterCard

Running the global privacy program for MasterCard, Stonier leads one of the most sophisticated privacy operations in the world, after performing a similar role at American Express.

New Venue!

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004


We’re excited to host this year’s Practical Privacy Series in the home of the official World Trade Center, Washington, DC. Sitting directly between the Capitol and the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Reagan Building is DC’s largest structure and the first and only federal building dedicated to both government and private use.

Want to Know More? (Of Course You Do!) Let Us Keep You in the Loop

Designed for rapid, intensive education on the privacy profession’s top issues, this year’s Practical Privacy Series will arm you with up-to-the-minute knowledge you need to excel on the job. Don’t miss out.

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