Greetings from Brussels!
For those of you who are not aware, March heralds some new developments for the IAPP. Namely, the opening of a new European office here in Brussels to enhance our continued success in Europe and to better serve our growing member base as well as the privacy community at large.
Moreover, I myself am a new addition to the IAPP family, taking over the reins from my predecessor, Rita Di Antonio, as managing director for Europe. Rita is moving on to new challenges, and I know you will all join me in wishing her well in her future endeavours.
A few words about myself: I am an Irish native who has been living and working in Brussels for most of my life and, as such, I am conversant with the European public affairs sector. I have spent the best part of the last 10 years managing European operations for large associations and have also worked in the private sector, as well as for the European Commission.
It is with enthusiasm that I look to the future with the IAPP as we continue to nurture the European privacy space. I look forward to working with our IAPP members and indeed with the broader European privacy stakeholder community.
To business: And on the news front, the key news story this week would appear to be the numerous leaked EU documents and German diplomatic cables that speak to the machinations of European governments to weaken the EU’s Data Protection Bill behind the scenes. The European Parliament’s lead negotiator on the bill, German Green MEP Jan Phillip Albrecht, in a statement released on Wednesday described the watering-down attempts by national governments as “a scandal.” The European Commission has yet to comment. The timing of this latest development could not be more sensitive as tri-party negotiations between the European institutions are set to commence in June.
I have the feeling we haven’t heard the last on this story, so stay poised for more in the coming weeks.
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