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Greetings from Portsmouth, New Hampshire!

We here at the IAPP are getting ready to hit the road as we make our way to Las Vegas for the 2019 Privacy. Security. Risk. conference, which will be held this year at the luxurious Cosmopolitan.

This will be the third time I make the journey to the City of Sin, as I have covered the past two CES conferences for the IAPP, searching high and low for everything privacy among its sprawling setup. I look forward to my Vegas traditions of low-stakes blackjack, instant boredom on the slots, a conservative wager on a football game and most likely a Cirque du Soleil show.

Hunter S. Thompson is most certainly rolling around in his grave.

P.S.R. is set to be a tremendous event. It is also the last major U.S.-based conference the IAPP will hold before the California Consumer Privacy Act goes into effect. The CCPA’s presence will loom large at the Cosmo. It certainly did during this year’s Global Privacy Summit. Just look at how many sessions center on it. Even if attendees do not partake in a session dedicated to the CCPA, they will assuredly hear those four letters early and often.

There is plenty of CCPA news to talk about, of course. A new slate of amendments has been passed and currently await the signature of Gov. Gavin Newsom, D-Calif. Mary Stone Ross took a look at these new amendments earlier this week, while Philip Gordon, Zoe Argento and Kwabena Appenteng put Assembly Bill 25, which covers the application of the CCPA to employers, under the microscope. If you have any questions about those amendments, there’s a good chance Starr Drum answered them in this FAQ.

As for myself, I will be paying close attention to privacy technology and data subject rights on the conference floor this year. Privacy tech vendors have been creating solutions designed to help organizations with their CCPA compliance efforts, and plenty of them will be around once P.S.R. opens for business. Data subject rights have continued to be a point of emphasis for many companies, and there will be a few sessions at this year’s conference that tackle the topic.

Since the EU General Data Protection Regulation gained steam, I have reported on numerous tech vendor solutions that seek to help with data subject access requests, and with the CCPA on the horizon, these tools will see an increase in attention.

Whether you are attending P.S.R. or not, be sure to check out our coverage of this year’s proceedings. And if you see me roaming the halls of the Cosmo, feel free to say hello.

Bon voyage!

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