April 20, 2010

European Data Protection Supervisor Peter J. Hustinx Honored With IAPP 2010 Privacy Leadership Award

WASHINGTON, DC—April 20, 2010—Peter J. Hustinx, European Data Protection Supervisor, today received the International Association of Privacy Professionals' 2010 Privacy Leadership Award for his work to ensure that individuals’ privacy rights are respected when European institutions and bodies process personal data or develop new policies.

Hustinx accepted the award at the IAPP's Global Privacy Summit in Washington, DC, where privacy professionals from around the world have convened for three days of education and networking. The IAPP is the world's largest association for the privacy profession and is celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2010.

The IAPP Privacy Leadership Award recognizes a leader in the field of privacy and data protection who has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to furthering privacy policy, promoting recognition of privacy issues and advancing the growth and visibility of the privacy profession.

"Hustinx’s work as European Data Protection Supervisor and long tenure in the privacy field have helped set the tone for global privacy regulation across sectors and organizations," said IAPP Executive Director Trevor Hughes. "Hustinx is at the forefront of protecting privacy rights, raising data protection awareness and solving complex trans-border privacy challenges."   

 Hustinx has served as European Data Protection Supervisor since January, 2004.  He was appointed by a joint decision of the European Parliament and the Council of Europe in December, 2003 and reappointed in January, 2009 for a second five year term.  Hustinx has helped shape national and international privacy law for nearly 40 years in roles such as president of the Dutch Data Protection Authority and Chairman of the Article 29 Data Protection Working Party.  He was involved in creating the Council of Europe’s “Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data” in 1981 and “Directive 95/46/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data.”  Hustinx is now involved in the forthcoming revision of the European Union’s legal framework for privacy and in a possible EU-US agreement on data exchange.  Beyond Europe, Hustinx regularly engages with groups and bodies like the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development that are addressing trans-border privacy issues.

“I am honored to have received this prestigious award from the International Association of Privacy Professionals", said Hustinx. "Respect for private life and protection of personal data can only become a reality if they are delivered in practice. As a European Data Protection Supervisor, my aim is to stimulate responsibility and accountability in the EU administration, and promote that new legislation and policies are only adopted after due consideration of privacy and data protection requirements. With the national data protection authorities in the EU Member States, I am also strongly committed to ensuring a more effective data protection in a changing global environment."

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