One of the biggest annual events in privacy, the IAPP Global Privacy Summit, is currently taking place in Washington D.C. If you’re in attendance, come find me at the RADAR booth (#107!) for conversations on all things privacy, incident response, and data breach regulations.

What I love about major conferences like this is the opportunity to connect with privacy professionals, commiserate on the challenges for the profession, and strategize on the opportunities for improvement when it comes to protecting the data entrusted to us.

If you weren’t able to make it this year, I’ve created a roundup of some of the highlights, announcements, and hot topics I’m hearing in the halls of the conference.

  • The conference keynote panel session at the conference featured a real EU powerhouse panel, with Elizabeth Denham, Helen Dixon, and Andrea Jelinek. The no-pulled-punches first question for the panel: When will we see enforcement? Commissioner Dixon said to expect first draft enforcement decisions this summer.
  • Commissioner Dixon had a busy week in DC, as she also joined a senate hearing to share her perspective on enforcing the GDPR. At this hearing, Dixon teased that she expects fines levied this summer will be “substantial.”
  • The IAPP announced that membership has now exceeded 50,000 globally. To put that figure into perspective, IAPP membership in 2014 was 15,000. This growth is really a reflection of the growing urgency for privacy protections globally, and the need to get the right people and solutions in place to manage privacy concerns.
  • I’m writing this blog post in the hours before my 8:00AM panel session, Taming Compliance with Growing Global Breach Regulations. One of the topics we will be discussing during this session is the complexity of the global regulatory landscape when it comes to data breach notification requirements – from GDPR and PIPEDA to the regulations like the CCPA that are cropping up in our own backyard. I hope you can join me and my co-speakers, Todd Daubert, Chair of Communications & Technology, Partner at Dentons, and Linda Spencer, CIPM, Global CPO at The Coca-Cola Company for this rousing discussion.
  • Lastly, in case you missed it, this week RADAR announced the launch of a new free research platform for global data breach regulatory compliance, called Breach Law Radar. This tool is an integrated feature of the RADAR platform, with detailed and easy to digest overviews of existing and emerging global data breach notification regulations. Access the tool here.

In my years working closely with privacy professionals, I’ve learned firsthand that this is a dedicated and tireless group of individuals. But after a week of information-packed learning sessions and networking, even the most dedicated privacy professional will be looking forward to a rest. As the conference comes to a close and we all head into a weekend of post-conference recovery, I want to commend my fellow Global Privacy Summit attendees for their energy and their willingness to share. Until next year!

If you’d like to share what privacy and data breach news is currently on your radar, we would love to hear from you at [email protected].