In an exclusive for The Privacy Advisor, Sam Pfeifle reports from the 35th Annual Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners in Warsaw, Poland. Pfeifle notes that from the outset, “the collective DPAs intended to show a united front and that they mean business.” As Polish Minister of Administration and Digitization Michel Boni said in his keynote, “We need regulations. Hard regulations.” But only one subject hung over the event more than whistleblower Edward Snowden: The upcoming European Data Protection Regulation and what the future of privacy enforcement will look like. Nearly every presentation contained some disclaimer about how things will change once the regulation comes into place. The form it will take in the end? No one can confidently predict that. The fact that it’s needed? On that there is universal agreement.
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