Privacy Symposium

Privacy Symposium

The first edition of the Privacy Symposium conference will take place in Venice, on April 5-7 2022.

The European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has enhanced personal data protection and data subject rights and at the same time impacted all companies and public administrations in Europe and beyond. New regulations are emerging in Europe and in other parts of the world that will directly impact how data can be accessed, processed, shared and used, with many challenges to be addressed.

The Privacy Symposium aims at supporting international dialogue, cooperation and knowledge sharing on data protection, compliance, and innovative technologies. This first edition will have three main focuses:

– Evolution of data protection regulations at national, regional and international level;

– Data protection compliance with innovative technologies such as artificial intelligence, Blockchain, Internet of Things, quantum computing, cloud, edge computing, 5G, V2X, metaverse, etc.;

– eHealth and medical data protection compliance with the GDPR, taking into account the lessons learned from the COVID-19 crisis and future medical data spaces.

The conference will offer more than 70 sessions with over 150 top-level experts and authorities from Europe and beyond (including the US, Canada, Brazil, Japan, Singapore, etc.) to address and discuss challenges such as cross-border data transfer, data subject rights, artificial intelligence, data protection by design, international cooperation, post-quantum privacy, cybersecurity, health and medical data spaces, etc.

It provides a unique opportunity:

1. to discover the latest and upcoming developments in data protection regulations;

2. to meet and discuss with data protection authorities and experts;

3. to promote international dialogue and cooperation for data protection.

Confirmed speakers include: Andrea Jelinek, President of the European Data Protection Board; Katherine Harman-Stoke, Acting Director at the US Department of Justice Office of Privacy and Civil Liberties; Prof Fumio Shimpo, Commissioner of the Japanese data protection authority; Guido Scorza, Italian Data Protection Supervisory Authority; Paul Nemitz, Principal Advisor in the Directorate General for Justice and Consumers of the European Commission; Wojciech Wiewiórowski, European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS); Waldemar Gonçalves Ortunho Júnior, President and Director of the Brazilian data protection authority; Steve Wood, Deputy Commissioner of ICO and Chair of the OECD’s Working Party on Data Governance and Privacy; Brent R. Homan, Deputy Commissioner of Canada; David Stevens, President of the Belgium Data Protection Authority; Marie-Laure Denis, President of CNIL; Attila Péterfalvi, President of the Hungarian National Authority for Data Protection and Freedom of Information; Catherine Lennman, Swiss Data Protection Authority; Isabelle Servoz Gallucci and Peter Kimpian, Data Protection Unit at Council of Europe; Alessandra Pierucci, Chair of the Committee of Convention 108 at Council of Europe; Luca Bolognini, President of the Italian Institute for Privacy (IIP); Paolo Balboni, Maastricht University, Gabriele Faggioli , CEO- Digital 360.

The conference will be hosted by the University of Venice (Ca’ Foscari) and is organized with the support of several organizations, including the foundation Mandat International, the European Law Students’ Association (ELSA), the European Federation of DPOs (EFDPO), the European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO), the Council of Europe, the European Centre for Certification and Privacy (ECCP), the Italian Institute for Privacy (IIP), CLUSIT, the IoT Forum, and several European research projects.

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