Greetings from Brussels.
Early next week, I will be attending my first IAPP European KnowledgeNet meeting, which is being held in London. The meeting is a sell-out with over 120 registrants, so it promises to be a great event for all those in attendance.
The program will focus on two themes, the first being “the growing importance of the fundamental rights to privacy and the protection of personal data.” UK Deputy Information Commissioner David Smith and Anya Proops, a London-based Barrister who specializes in information rights, public and employment law, will both speak on this subject from their respective areas of expertise and responsibility. The discussion will be around key issues including the balance of data protection rights and rights in relation to freedom of expression, as well as how data controllers should be exercising their responsibilities in the context of accountability principles.
The second session of the event is entitled “EU Data Protection Update.” Bruno Gencarelli, the head of the data protection unit at DG Justice of the European Commission, will speak to developments on the draft of the GDPR in conjunction with the Data Protection Directive and Safe Harbour considerations as well as to the prospects of the Trialogue that will take place between the European Institutions before a new regulation is adopted. Assistant European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) Wojciech Wiewiorowski will also give his views on the future roles of the EDPS and the European Data Protection Board.
The content looks promising, and I think we will have an interesting balance of views. Given the stellar lineup of guest speakers, I expect we will also have an active and enthusiastic interaction with the IAPP community present.
I wish you a splendid 1 May long weekend.
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