PL&B’s 2016 International Conference

4 – 6 July 2016

St. John's College
Cambridge, UK

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The 2015 conference addressed the wide range of ways in which companies need to understand and manage legally the flow of personal data between countries, companies, and objects related to people. Now that 109 countries have national privacy laws, what are the unintended consequences when managing a global privacy function? While EU tensions with the USA Safe Harbor rumble on, we will also cover major privacy developments in China.

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What our 2015 participants have to say about the conference:

“I think that the conference had an interesting and broad range of speakers and topics.
It provided enough time to network and the venue is amazing. Absolutely beautiful.”
Joke Ruwen, ESOMAR, the Netherlands

“Very useful, well worth the time and expense, lots of practical advice.
Good balance between theory and practice.”
Eyal Roy Sage, AYR Lawyers, Israel

“Excellent! Outstanding location, panel of speakers and topics. I noticed the difference from other privacy conferences in that this was far more intellectual, and both speakers
and attendees were highly qualified professionals.”
Senior Counsel, Data Privacy, a multinational pharmaceutical company

“I truly enjoyed the entire conference, as it had really good content and speakers and because of the smaller setting, it is a really great way to meet other privacy professionals.
I honestly believe it was the best privacy conference I have been to and hope to join again next year.”
An EMEA Counsel, A major cloud provider

“The ability to see and hear from regulators and senior players in the field in a relaxed and intimate setting is unmatched. The chance to see the regulators interact
and speak at close range, and the chance to chat with them over tea.”
Chief Privacy Officer, a US-based bank

“Good overview of where to focus on in coming year. Very helpful case studies.”
Lawyer, a security software company, Belgium

"The social aspects were really good and fun. It was easy to socialise both on a business level
as on a more personal level”
Joke Ruwen, ESOMAR, the Netherlands

“Great environment to learn and share experiences”
General Counsel - Privacy and Data, a multinational bank

“Valuable. There are people I have seen speak at other conferences for years;
here I was able to sit and speak with them at dinner”
Chief Privacy Officer, a US-based bank

Lanx Goh, Manager (Enforcement), Personal Data Protection Commission, Singapore

Lawyer, a security software company, Belgium

“Absolutely wonderful – a great way to network”
Global Privacy Associate, a multinational pharmaceutical company 

A unique summer-school atmosphere

The conference is held at St John’s College, Cambridge, where participants will enjoy the excellent refurbished facilities at the new conference centre. Come and experience a classic Cambridge college and walk across the Bridge of Sighs.

This residential conference is an opportunity to enjoy a unique friendly summer school atmosphere, while mingling with a group of Data Protection Commissioners, privacy managers, specialist lawyers and academics from many countries.

The conference brings you into close contact with privacy regulators, challenges conventional wisdom, offers good networking experience and provides excellent value for money.

Click the following links to see the 2015 programme for each day of the conference:

Day 1 - Monday July 6th

Day 2 - Tuesday July 7th

Day 3 - Wednesday July 8th

Click here for PDF programme of all three days

Every Privacy Laws & Business event qualifies for accredited CPD points for the purposes of the England and Wales Solicitors Regulation Authority’s requirements. Please quote AQJ/PLBU when applying for the points with the SRA.

At the 2015 conference there were 55 speakers from 11 countries

This conference features a finely balanced group of regulators, companies, lawyers, consultants and academics from 11 countries:

1. Australia
2. Belgium
3. Canada
4. France
5. Hong Kong
6. Hungary
7. Ireland
8. Netherlands
9. United Arab Emirates
10. United Kingdom
11. USA


“An excellent way to understand the issues and how they are seen by practitioners and regulators in numerous jurisdictions”
Olga Ganopolsky, Maquirie, Australia

“Many congratulations on a hugely successful conference. PL&B still setting the standard after all these years!”
Scott Singer, Dentons, UK

“Outstanding conference to learn DP Law and connect with experts.”
Pablo Palazzi, Allende & Brea, Argentina

“This is truly one of the most informative, sophisticated and forward looking data privacy conferences I have attended.”
Elizabeth Denham, Information and Privacy Commissioner of BC, Canada

“An excellent opportunity to meet experts in the field and share ideas with other people in similar in-house positions to ourselves.”
Marilyn Sieff, Amadeus, Spain

“The Privacy Laws and Business Annual International Conference provides real depth and breadth on all the important privacy issues, and a chance to mix with many different industry specialists.  As well as giving a thorough understanding of how the privacy world is today, it also (and more importantly) gives you real insight into where it is heading.”
Janet Lane, Experian, UK

"It was a fantastic conference - all the talks first class and the delegates all very knowledgeable... highest quality privacy debate from dawn to dusk!”
Marcus Evans, Norton Rose Fulbright, UK

“The conference was engaging, interesting and enjoyable plus a great opportunity to network
and pick up useful tips and guidance”
Helen Gourdin, DIAGEO, UK


Previous annual conferences

  • 2015 International Conference

    Privacy Laws & Business 28th Annual International Conference

    Privacy in a Connected World

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  • 2014 Annual Conference

    Privacy Laws & Business 27th Annual International Conference

    New Horizons - New Risks

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  • 2013 Annual Conference

    Privacy Laws & Business 26th Annual International Conference

    Bridging Privacy Cultures

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  • 2012 Annual Conference

    Privacy Laws & Business 25th Anniversary International Conference

    Overcoming Privacy Hurdles 

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  • 2011 Annual Conference

    24th Annual International Conference

    Aligning privacy accountability with your business strategy

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  • 2010 Annual Conference

    23rd Annual International Conference

    Privacy Practices on Trial

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  • 2009 Annual Conference

    22nd Annual International Conference

    Privacy as a business risk for top management:
    Compliance in the credit crunch

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  • 2008 Annual Conference

    21st Annual International Conference

    Value Privacy, Secure Your Reputation, Reduce Risk

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  • 2007 Annual Conference

    20th Annual International Conference
    Global Warning! Privacy Climate Changes Ahead

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  • 2006 Annual Conference

      19th Annual International Conference
      Privacy Crisis Ahead?
      Investing enough in data protection to strengthen and defend your reputation
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  • 2005 Annual Conference

      18th Annual International Conference
      Making Privacy a Business Asset:
      Strengthening Trust, Loyalty and Return on Investment
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  • 2004 Annual Conference

      17th Annual International Conference
      Integrating Privacy into your Business Strategy
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  • 2003 Annual Conference

      16th Annual International Conference
      Transforming Risk Assessment Into Everyday Compliance with Data Protection
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  • 2002 Annual Conference

      15th Annual International Conference
      Developing Successful Privacy Relationships
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  • 2001 Annual Conference

      14th Annual International Conference
      Making Privacy a Competitive Advantage
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  • 2000 Annual Conference

      13th Annual International Conference
      Successfully Managing the New Data Protection Laws
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  • 1999 Annual Conference

      12th Annual International Conference
      New Data Protection Law: Issues, Solutions, Action
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  • 1998 Annual Conference

      11th Annual International Conference
      Balancing New Data Protection Law with Changing Business Needs
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  • 1997 Annual Conference

    Privacy Laws & Business 10th Annual International Conference
    Planning Ahead to Ensure Compliance with the European Union Data Protection Directive
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