2022 Conference Programme

 

Conference Themes

This conference will identify the forces at play and help you to take them into account in your risk assessment of how your organisation should act.

How will the regulators redress the balance against companies with investigations and sanctions?

How will the European Union continue to exercise its global ambition as the “gold standard” in privacy and digital services? To what extent are the European Economic Area (EEA) Member States’ Data Protection Authorities working in a well coordinated way?

Will the United Kingdom government’s drive to take its own path enable it to keep its valuable EU “adequacy” status? Will the UK’s legislative innovations become one of the Winds of Change in the EEA?

Will the efforts of the Council of Europe continue to wield influence around the world via its legally binding Convention 108+?

To what extent will collective action play a part in constraining organisations’ behaviour?

How do consumer organisations and privacy advocates act to shame/encourage companies to exercise ethical restraint in the way they collect and process personal data?

How does an organisation get direction from top management to balance commercial gains against winning its users’ trust and keeping it? How can an organisation most effectively gain and secure its reputation for fairness?

How should companies use data protection law as one of its criteria for choosing its cloud services? How should companies ethically harness Artificial Intelligence and machine learning? How can individuals exercise free will if companies use manipulative design techniques?

Several countries in the Americas and in Europe have relaxed their laws on the sale and consumption of recreational cannabis – a transition from a criminal to a health issue. What is the impact on the collection and processing of such sensitive personal data?

The adoption of data protection laws in some countries in Asia, Africa and the Middle East with a limited form of democracy means that these laws are changing from a rights to a transactional basis. This is a shift to a data protection law as an economic enabler, a safe venue for the processing of personal data. Some countries may be weak on principles but strong on regulatory enforcement.