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Europe Data Protection Digest | Notes from the IAPP Europe Managing Director, March 20, 2015 Related reading: New for PSR: 'Strategic Privacy by Design'

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Greetings from Portsmouth, NH!

As I’m here at the IAPP offices across the pond, there’s no time for getting up to speed. Things are moving at a lightning pace in the privacy world for me to take stock.

Couple of updates for our Data Protection Intensive (DPI) event we have coming up in April: In the week since I have introduced myself to you, we’ve added some amazing and dynamic speakers to the roster. We are fortunate to have Baroness Sarah Ludford, who was key to the regulation negotiations as the shadow rapporteur in the European Parliament. She has been added to our truly top-level keynote panel looking at the future of the EU Data Protection Regulation and the fundamental impact this will have going forward.

We’ve also just landed Dara Murphy, minister for data protection in Ireland, who is on the frontlines of regulation negotiations and will present Ireland’s view of the future of data protection in the EU. Which is, of course, an opinion of great weight, considering the massive Internet firms that have their headquarters in Ireland.

Finally, Facebook Deputy CPO Stephen Deadman, who keynoted DPI just two years ago when he was CPO at Vodafone, has joined a panel featuring the current CPO of Vodafone, Kasey Chappelle, CIPP/US; Ghostery CPO Todd Ruback, CIPP/E, CIPP/US, CIPT, and Hogan Lovells Partner Eduardo Ustaran, CIPP/E. The quartet will look at how to make data-driven innovation possible in the age of heightened privacy awareness.

And all of that is simply in addition to a stocked slate of education that was already overflowing.

Clearly, there has never been a time where data protection and privacy was more at the forefront of all things European, and the Data Protection Intensive reflects that. I’m incredibly excited to get my first taste of it.

See you there.

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