From 26 to 29 October 2015 the Dutch Data Protection Authority (the Dutch DPA) will organise the 37th International Privacy Conference in Amsterdam. Press is invited to attend and cover the open session of the conference on Wednesday 28 and Thursday 29 October. It is possible to request press accreditation through to Wednesday 21 October 2015. The accreditation procedure can be found on the conference website.
During this conference 700 privacy professionals from all over the world will discuss the main data protection developments in the world. Press is welcome to attend a press briefing, Wednesday 28 October 09.00 at the Conference venue. A press conference will be held Thursday 29 October 13.30.
Programme and location
The International Privacy Conference will take place in the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam and consists of an open and a closed session. The closed session on 26 and 27 October is the annual meeting of data protection and privacy enforcement authorities and can only be attended by accredited organisations. During the open session on 28 and 29 October privacy experts from the public and the privacy sector, academia, NGOs and regulators from around the world will take part in the discussions. Keynote speeches will be given by artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde, European Commissioner Věra Jourová (Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality) and Netherlands Minister Ard van der Steur (Security and Justice). The mayor of Amsterdam, Eberhard van der Laan, will open the conference on 28 October. More information on the programme, the location and the registration is available on the conference website.
Two of the conference's main issues are building 'privacy bridges' and a privacy 'Tour du Monde'.
There are many ways in which the protection of personal data has been laid down in legislation in the various legal systems. For example, in the European Union data protection is a fundamental right, while in the United States it is part of consumer protection law. This leads to ambiguous situations and dilemmas for individuals, companies and privacy authorities. Processing operations by popular, non-European internet services are for example not always in compliance with European law.
The conference elaborates on the Privacy Bridges project initiated by the Chairman of the Dutch DPA, Jacob Kohnstamm. In this project, led by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology based in Boston and the Institute for Information Law of the University of Amsterdam, American and European privacy experts work together to find practical and pragmatic 'privacy bridges', aiming to improve the level of data protection. These bridges may also help citizens, companies and governments in the U.S., the EU and other parts of the world to deal more effectively with the existing differences in privacy legislation, without trying to change the legal systems or diminish the afforded level of protection. These 'privacy bridges' will be the basis for the discussions at the conference's open session.
Tour du Monde
The Dutch DPA has commissioned a researcher with the task to make an overview of all relevant privacy and data protection related developments since April 2014. During the plenary session, the 'tour du monde' will be presented and discussed. The overview includes positive and negative developments within different jurisdictions regarding legislation, jurisprudence, the role of DPA's, the business world and technological trends. Representatives from different continents will subsequently present their views on the future. What will be the main developments in their part of the world for the year(s) to come?