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The Call for Proposals has closed. As usual, the privacy community has responded with a treasure trove of great ideas. We’re combing them to assemble a winning program for P.S.R. 2019 this September in Las Vegas. We’ll unveil the program and open registration for the event in April, so sign up for alerts to get the latest updates.

If you’ve never been to P.S.R. or you need a refresher, see the 2018 event summary below for all the highlights. We’re looking forward to seeing you in Las Vegas this fall for learning, training, and networking.

Highlights from P.S.R. 2018

Digital technology is a fast-growing part of our lives, but how far should it go and what should it do? Privacy. Security. Risk. 2018 tackled that question with a broad range of breakout sessions and keynote speakers.

As more products collect more data about our behaviors and habits, properly implementing fundamental privacy processes like anonymization and breach management grow more crucial. Breakout sessions focused on management, policy and technology considerations organizations need to address to protect privacy while using personal data in new applications.

On the General Session stage, keynote speakers addressed broader societal questions. Major public policy changes such as the California Consumer Privacy Act, the proliferation of privacy-friendly business models, and equal access to technology were among the topics.

The sold-out crowd networked and kicked back at the Welcome Reception and the Party by the Pool, which became the Party in the Ballroom when the Austin weather was uncharacteristically wet and cool. The venue change was a small blip on the radar, though, as spirits stayed high and the band kept the atmosphere lively. We’re looking forward to rolling this year’s energy into P.S.R. 2019 in Las Vegas. Check out these highlights from the Austin event and mark your calendar for next year!

Keynote Speakers Offered Widely Divergent Views on the Future of Data Privacy

Keynote Speakers Explore the Human Element

Alastair Mactaggart

Campaign Chair, Californians for Consumer Privacy

The P.S.R. audience heard from the man who changed U.S. privacy forever by energizing the grassroots effort that led to the California Consumer Privacy Act. Mactaggart shared his view that democracy without privacy isn’t democracy. However, he also maintained that democracy needs prosperity, and that prosperity and privacy are compatible.

Farhad Manjoo

Technology Columnist, The New York Times

Manjoo compared current business models and evaluated how effectively they respect privacy. Comparing Apple to data-reliant businesses like Facebook and Google, he said the former was more consumer-friendly but that in either case, the future of personal data protection isn’t promising.

Zeynep Tufekci

Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina; Contributing Opinion Writer, The New York Times

Among the subjects Tufekci addressed was the growing power of algorithms to identify people by selected characteristics—medical condition, sexual orientation, etc. Considering that power, she said privacy rules should apply even though the data may not exactly fit the definition of personally identifiable information.

Tricia Wang

Co-Founder, Sudden Compass, Global Tech Ethnographer

Wang used the story of a 19th century Scottish mill worker to tell a cautionary tale about how control of technology—mill clocks, in her example—can enable one class of people to control another. She advocated for a more democratic technology development model that includes protections for “personhood.”

Keynote Panel

David Becker

Executive Director, Founder, Center for Election Innovation & Research

Jeff Jonas

CEO, Founder, Senzing

Becker and Jonas discussed their collaboration on the ERIC (Electronic Registration Information Center) Project, which helps state and local elections run more smoothly by reducing problems with voter lists. With the wariness about artificial intelligence in many quarters, ERIC’s application shows how AI can benefit society.

Solution-Focused Breakout Sessions

Home, work, play and everything in between are more and more often fueled by technology that collects and processes personal information. P.S.R. 2018 featured two days of sessions on the policies, procedures and products that can help balance the convenience new technology offers with the data privacy consumers need.

A Call to H(Arms): The Cry for Harmonization of Security and Privacy Laws

Taking the position that current legal and regulatory regimes don’t work, speakers discussed why organizations should adopt a harmonization process based on a multi-stakeholder model. It has worked in realms outside privacy, they maintained, and can now work inside privacy.

Third Party Privacy Risk—Beyond Your Organization’s Bounds for GDPR

GDPR compliance doesn’t even stop close to your organization’s boundaries. It extends to any third-party service providers who handle personal information. What are you doing to manage that far-flung liability? This session discussed frameworks and tools for third-party governance

‘Alexa, Where is My PII? Sorry, You’ll Have to Ask the Enterprise’

AI is coming into our homes and doesn’t have any plans to leave. It will collect every variety of personal information, and in many cases generate more through metadata processing and other technologies. The audience for this session heard how to assess AI’s privacy impact on you and your organization.


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