This week I am writing a letter from America—apologies Alistair Cooke—but know the links can speak for themselves this once. The IAPP Global Privacy Summit 2014, “Changing Times, Engaging Minds” opened Wednesday night and the programme is a “who’s who” of privacy, with topics covering every facet, including a discussion on dystopian futures with authors David Brin and Alex Irvine. The corridors are buzzing with discussion on the future of notice and consent and modifications to Privacy by Design and at least one of our iappANZ directors is in heaven—not often you can discuss these subjects with the likes of Omer Tene, Marty Abrams, Professor Fred Cate and a cast of 70 other privacy stars, including our keynote speakers from 2013, Danny Weitzner and Richard Thomas. The companies represented here include all the usual suspects from software, health, law, advisory, insurance as well as car manufacturing, energy and retail and also a vast array of thought leadership tanks. Organisations like the Information Accountability Foundation, World Privacy Forum and Centre for Democracy and Technology, which celebrated its 20th anniversary last night at the famous CDT #techprom—a great night at Washington Convention Centre where our founding President Malcolm Crompton cut a fine figure on the dance floor with everyone’s favourite commissioner, María Elena Pérez-Jaén Zermeño.
Spoilt for choice and keen to bring back as much fresh and useful information as possible, today my pick will include “Thinking Ahead Vs. Keeping Up: The Challenge To Think Strategically” with chiefs from Panacea and GEC and moderated by Prof. Fred Cate. Like many of the sessions, the focus is past mere compliance and promises advice on how to move beyond reactive firefighting and start thinking strategically about privacy innovations for business. And how to implement them. International perspectives and experience on the issues, which next week’s privacy laws will highlight in Australia, is timely, and Directors Peter Leonard, Julie Inman-Grant, Malcolm Crompton and I look forward to providing you all with a flight through the programme in next month’s Privacy Unbound.
Back to business in Washington.
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