Global DPAs debate privacy in the era of rapid tech change

Topics included AI, facial recognition, DP in humanitarian crisis, Metaverse, to name a few. Laura Linkomies reports from the regulators’ annual conference, held in Istanbul in October.

The DPAs – more than 130 data protection and privacy authorities from across the globe – meet annually and this year it was Turkey’s turn to organise the four-day conference. Privacy Laws & Business attended the two open days of the 44th Global Privacy Assembly, A Matter of Balance: Privacy in The Era of Rapid Technological Advancement.

Addressing the challenge Artificial Intelligence poses to law, ethics and democracy, Paul Nemitz, Principal Advisor, Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers, European Commission, spoke about the importance of strong data protection by default and design. He said that if, in the future, Artificial Intelligence (AI) will be around us in the same way as electricity (in any shopping, educational tool etc.), it is vital that DPAs will become ­competence centres for AI.

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