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Europe Data Protection Digest | A view from Brussels: The many hands holding up privacy in Europe Related reading: The IAPP's top 5 most-read articles for the week of 19 Feb. 2024



Remember the famous phrase from former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger: “Who do I call when I want to call Europe?” For sure there isn’t a straightforward answer to that question still today — for good or bad, there is actually a lot of people that one can call. So what about when you want to call privacy in Europe; who does one call? Is this a case of one phone number or are we looking at an entire phonebook? You probably guessed right: it is the latter.

Privacy rulemaking at the European level — which includes policies, laws, guidelines, opinions, rulings and more — relies on a multitude of institutional and government stakeholders. As we are about to run our 2022 European Data Protection Congress, the IAPP just published an introductory European Institutions Privacy Stakeholder Map to help navigate the who-is-who and who-does-what of privacy in the EU.

Speaking of, the sold-out IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress 2022 is next week. We’re incredibly excited to see so many people in Brussels. There is a fantastic agenda and great speakers ready for you. 

If you haven’t already, download the Cvent app so you can create your own personal agenda and stay up to date with everything happening on the ground. With so many data protection professionals around, there are a lot of moments to meet each other, and we’ve created a lot of opportunities for you to meet your fellow privacy pros. With industry meetups, roundtable topic discussions and more opportunities, we’ve got it covered. Check out the schedule (under Networking session types) to see when your favorite meetups are happening. Need to get a little work done? We’ve even made a quiet space available Wednesday and Thursday. All networking onsite is on the third floor in Studios 313, 314, 315 and 316, so you can’t miss it! 

Finally, a bit of EU bubble news for you about the EU updating its NIS Directive on security of network and information systems. The political agreement was reached a few months ago and the directive was formally approved during the European Parliament’s mini-plenary session this week. If you’re wondering why privacy pros should care, see this earlier digest for some initial thoughts on the state of play until we have something more detailed for you to read.

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