2019 International Conference Programme

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Sunday 30 June
Monday 1 July
Tuesday 2 July
Wednesday 3 July
Social Programme

THE DRAMA OF THE GDPR fully applying and the adoption of the EU Member States’ data protection laws may have diminished on the surface since last May. But the GDPR’s impact in the European Economic Area and internationally is reflected in this year’s conference title. It captures the image of the GDPR extending its influence everywhere and in every sector.

The conference starts with how the GDPR is having an operational impact on different types of companies, each one reflecting the need to find a route reconciling a legal ideal with operational priorities. Privacy values are playing an increasing role in due diligence regarding mergers and acquisitions, and also in other areas of competition law.

Board level managers often become involved because ways forward involve aspects of reputation and strategy. The European Data Protection Board is making confident strides towards achieving a consensus on policies for the national Data Protection Authorities. Meanwhile, the European
Commission is monitoring national implementation in Europe, and negotiating and reviewing adequacy decisions around the world. The GDPR’s values of fair and lawful processing are rippling around the world in Asia, Latin America and Africa.

Privacy can be a business asset. But achieving a fair balance to achieve commercial results in the adtech world, particularly when addressing children, requires both creativity and empathy. The Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal has fuelled the regulators’ fundamental appraisal of the reach and risks of social media.

The third day has a forward-looking focus on employee trends, the EU ePrivacy Regulation, and how software can help you with practical solutions. Companies can resort to anonymization in some circumstances. But when is de-identification of personal data effective? Even if your GDPR compliance efforts are energetic, you now have the prospect of facing collective action, a novelty in most European countries. Consumer and labour organisations are increasingly deploying their newly-won rights as weapons to achieve a change in company practices in addition to financial compensation.

Ripples of the GDPR around the world interact with those of the Council of Europe and APEC. But the GDPR is the one making the most powerful waves.