<p align="leftFrom 13 to 16 October 2014, privacy regulators and data protection authorities from around the world will be gathering together with experts in the field – including our London-based partner Eduardo Ustaran – to discuss, debate and hopefully agree on how to address the toughest privacy challenges of our time. The 36th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners is entitled “A World Order for Data Protection – Our Dream Coming True?” This year’s conference is taking place in Mauritius, a clear sign of the truly global nature of this issue.
Over the years, the conference has become a central focus for the privacy and data protection community and the discussions at previous gatherings – which so far have taken place in the Americas, Europe or Asia – have led to influential initiatives to harmonise the way privacy frameworks are interpreted and enforced throughout the world. For the first time in history, an African nation is hosting this event and as the ambitious programme shows, the organisers are not shy of tackling complex and extremely relevant issues.
Following two days of closed sessions during which regulators will be expected to agree on various resolutions for closer cooperation on urgent matters triggered by new technologies and increasing data globalization, the conference will become an open forum for debate. All of the plenary sessions are aimed at providing a truly international perspective. The opening plenary – which is due to be moderated by Eduardo Ustaran – will bring together Allan Chiang, Hong Kong’s Privacy Commissioner, Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, President of the CNIL in France and of the Article 29 Working Party, and Edith Ramirez, Chairwoman US Federal Trade Commission, who will set the pace for the rest of the two days of discussion.
Our partner Eduardo will also be participating in a panel session moderated by José Luis Rodríguez Álvarez, the Director of the Spanish Data Protection Agency, aimed at debating the pros and cons of the ‘One Stop Shop’ model for regulatory supervision proposed by the European Commission. This model has proved to be a very controversial aspect of the forthcoming EU data protection framework, so the outcome of this session is likely to be critical for the prospects of One Stop Shop in practice.
In times like these, when balancing public policy objectives such as greater personal freedom and technology-based prosperity is so important, a forum like the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners becomes a centre of attention for decision-makers in government and businesses. The Mauritius Data Protection Commissioner, as the host of the event, as well as the organizing committee are well aware of this challenge and are aiming to make of this conference a demonstration of the need for a global approach to data management and privacy.
Eduardo Ustaran will be tweeting live from the conference via @EUstaran