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Did you miss the Data Protection Congress this year in Brussels, Belgium? Worry not. Here's a roundup of what happened.                                              

Denham talks first 100 days on the job, Brexit's impact 
At the time she spoke in Brussels recently, U.K. Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham had been on the job for 110 days, but it's already quite clear how different a climate it is from her last post as British Columbia's Information and Privacy Commissioner. For starters, the General Data Protection Regulation is coming into force — though it's unclear whether the U.K. will adopt the GDPR as written for the EU after Brexit.

Talking free data, Shield, and the GDPR with Commission VP Andrus Ansip
As Vice President of the European Commission, charged with promoting and bringing to life the Digital Single Market, Andrus Ansip in some ways faces the same questions as your average chief privacy officer. How can the European Union maximize the return on the data its citizens generate while taking care to respect their human right to privacy? We see this dynamic in his latest push for an end to data localization laws. In a recent sit-down with The Privacy Advisor in his office over coffee, this push for a free flow of data was top of mind, though the conversation flowed to GDPR implementation, the ePrivacy Directive, even the election of Donald Trump. 

The Trump effect on Privacy Shield: ‘There’s a great deal that’s unknown’
IAPP Data Protection Congress 2016 in Brussels was already shaping up to be a lively affair, what with Privacy Shield and the implementation of the EU General Data Protection Regulation to discuss, but then Donald Trump was announced as the next president of the United States. Trump's victory — a shock for many, and revealed just hours before the Congress keynotes commenced — left everyone trying to figure out its implications for trans-Atlantic data flows.

Facebook's EU policy head: Solutions needed, can you help?
If there’s any company that knows about pushback following policy changes, it’s Facebook. But that’s kind of to be expected given Facebook’s self-proclaimed “learning culture,” in which it allows itself to try new things, even at the risk that they don’t achieve the preferred result, with the expectation that what’s learned from the failure is valuable in itself. But even given that, said Facebook’s head of public policy in the EU Lord Richard Allan, the remaining challenge is how to educate consumers about changes made to products in a way they’re comfortable. “We clearly don’t have the answer, by our own track record,” he said. 

Keeping big data on the right side of EU law
How to keep big data projects compliant with EU data protection law? That’s mainly a matter of working out early on what it is that you want to achieve with the project, according to panelists speaking at the IAPP's Data Protection Congress in Brussels recently. James Leaton Gray, director of The Privacy Practice and the former head of the BBC's information policy and compliance policy, said a firm mission could even help companies get past Article 22 of the new General Data Protection Regulation.

Podcast: What went down at DPC?
As the U.S. presidential election results unfolded, the IAPP was holding its annual Data Protection Congress in Brussels, Belgium. The timing of the election with the first day of the conference had a strong impact on the conversations that took place both on and off the stage there. But there was much to discuss, even without the election results, including how privacy pros are preparing for the GDPR, whether it's worth it to use the Privacy Shield as your data transfer mechanism, and what the role of the mandatory data protection officer will look like, among other topics. In this episode of The Privacy Advisor Podcast, Publications Director Sam Pfeifle, European Managing Director Paul Jordan, and Editor of The Privacy Advisor Angelique Carson, CIPP/US, discuss, from the hotel lobby in Brussels, the highlights of what went down.

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