IN MEMORIAM: GIOVANNI BUTTARELLI, 1957–2019

Giovanni Buttarelli, who passed away earlier this week, was a colossus in our field. As European Data Protection Supervisor, he spearheaded data protection law and policy in Brussels institutions, including the European Commission, the Council of Ministers, the European Parliament and the Court of Justice of the European Union. But much more than that, he was a beloved and much-admired member of the privacy and data protection community, acquiring numerous devotees at all ranks of the profession all over the world.

Screen Shot 2017-04-14 at 3.02.11 PMTo recognize Giovanni’s unique stature, impact and legacy, the IAPP is launching a special In Memoriam page, where members of the community will share tributes, memories, photos and thoughts. We begin today with contributions from Andrea Jelinek, head of the Austrian Data Protection Authority and chair of the EDPB, Helen Dixon, data protection commissioner of Ireland, and Elizabeth Denham, the U.K.’s information commissioner.

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May 2019: Giovanni Buttarelli named IAPP's 2019 Privacy Leadership Award winner
The International Association of Privacy Professionals awarded Buttarelli the organization’s 2019 Privacy Leadership Award, which was announced at the IAPP’s Global Privacy Summit.
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'Choose Humanity: Putting Dignity back into Digital'
European Data Protection Supervisor Giovanni Buttarelli spoke about privacy as a fundamental universal value and the need to put dignity back into the digital space during the public session of the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners event in Brussels, Belgium, October 2018.

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