February 23, 2005

International Privacy and Cross-border Data Sharing


Outsourcing, Safe Harbor, and International Data Transfer Highlight Largest Privacy Conference

York, Maine — February 23,  2005 — Business-critical issues of international data sharing and the interaction of differing approaches to privacy will be examined in detail at the 2005 IAPP National Summit, hosted by the International Association of Privacy Professionals, the world's foremost association for individuals in the profession of privacy.  Leading data privacy commissioners and privacy law experts from Europe, Canada, Latin America, and Asia will host a series of talks and roundtable discussions throughout the conference, which takes place in Washington, D.C. at the Omni Shoreham Hotel March 9-11, 2005.

Featured at the National Summit is a March 10 panel on the risks, issues, and realities of international data sharing.  The panel includes British Columbia Privacy Commissioner David Loukidelis, who has emerged as a forceful voice for privacy protection at the center of debate on the U.S. Patriot Act.  Also on the panel are Peter Hustinx, European Union data protection supervisor; Stephanie Perrin, president, Digital Discretion of Montreal; Fred Cate, professor of law, Indiana University; Michael Geist, professor of law, University of Ottawa; and Jim Harper, director if information policy studies, Cato Institute.  The panel is moderated by Becky Burr, partner, Wilmer Cutler Pickering, Hale & Dorr.

"The impact of international privacy regulations on doing business in today's global electronic economy cannot be overstated," said IAPP Executive Director Trevor Hughes.  "The different approaches to privacy taken by the U.S. and our international trading partners are vast, and a lack of understanding of how to do business across borders can be devastating to any organization with ambitions abroad."

Also featured during the National Summit are panels on doing business in Europe, doing business in Asia, doing business in Latin America, individual sessions on privacy in the Netherlands, Ireland, Argentina, and the European approach to privacy.  International speakers during the National Summit include Dr. Juan Antonio Travesio, data protection commissioner, Argentina; Dr. J.W. Broekema, data protection commissioner, Netherlands, Joe Meade, data protection commissioner, Ireland; and numerous international privacy experts from private industry and international law.

Registration Information:

2005 IAPP National Summit

March 9 — 11, 2005

Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC

About the IAPP

The International Association of Privacy Professionals is the world's leading association of privacy and security professionals.  The IAPP helps define and support the profession of privacy by being a forum for interaction, education, and discussion across industries.  To learn more, visit

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