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The conference programme will appear here shortly, please check back regularly for updates. If you are interested in speaking opportunities, please contact Anne-Lise Simon at or on +44 (0) 2920 783 023.


Wednesday September 18, 2019


09:00 – 11:15

Session 1: A Federal Data Privacy Law: The right approach to data protection and privacy in the US?

The stage is set in the USA for a potential overhaul of how the country approaches data privacy. Intense debate, prompted by numerous privacy and misuse scandals, have raised fundamental questions about how business and citizens interact in modern, data driven economies, and what role the various levels of government should play in facilitating innovation, while protecting citizens.

With much regulatory activity outside the USA, including notable examples such as the EU’s GDPR, and some states in the USA striking out with their own specific rules, policymakers, businesses and privacy advocates are now increasingly calling for a federal privacy framework that provides clear and effective protection to consumers and regulatory certainty to businesses, which are necessary to support innovation, job creation and competition in the global economy. Their remains an open field as to the design and adoption of such legislation, however. This opening session will debate the challenges at play, and discuss what is required to ensure that any federal framework is appropriately designed.

09:00 – 10:00

Part 1: Conference Opening and Keynote Speeches

Suzan DelBene, US Congresswoman, US House of Representatives
Other keynote speakers will be confirmed soon, TBC

10:00 – 11:15

Part 2: Panel Discussion

Cameron Kerry, Ann R. and Andrew H. Tisch Distinguished Visiting Fellow - Governance Studies, Center for Technology Innovation, Brookings Institution
Elisa Jillson, Attorney, Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, FTC
Representative, McAfee (provisionally confirmed)
Representative, Vertical Industry (tbc)

11:15 – 11:30

Morning Coffee Break

11:30 – 11:50

Keynote Interview

Interaction between US and global privacy rules: Impacting international data flows
Representative, European Union (tbc)

11:50 – 13:00

Session 2: Understanding the US data-innovation environment in the global context

In a globally networked society, where transfers of personal data between countries and markets plays a key role in the global economy, the extent to which data privacy laws between jurisdictions can interact is highly important for international trade. However, to remain the global leader in data-enabled innovation, it has been argued that a potential US data privacy framework should take into account the principles underpinning the country’s approach to research and data innovation. This session will discuss how any potential US framework might fit with other global rules while maintaining the country’s uniqueness in the world of data innovation, allowing it to support the growth and activity of those involved in research and innovation and to keep its competitive edge.. It will also discuss the extent to which the facilitation of trade through international data flows could possibly coexist with the promotion of high privacy standards that are based on a multi-stakeholder and collaborative approach.
Martin Abrams, Executive Director, The Information Accountability Foundation
Representative, Tech Industry (tbc)
Representative, Vertical Industry (tbc)
Aaron Cooper, Vice President, Global Policy, BSA | The Software Alliance


13:00 – 14:00


14:00 – 15:15

Session 3: Promoting privacy innovation, responsible use of data and safeguarding users' trust

As the digital revolution is powered by data, sound data privacy rules will help increase trust in digital services, providing confidence in the way personal data is collected, processed and used – which is crucial in allowing data-driven innovation to flourish. Consumer-focused sectors such as e-commerce, digital advertising and the sharing economy rely heavily on the processing of personal data.

More traditional sectors continue to be transformed by the power of data, bringing unprecedented benefits to businesses, the public sector and wider society. Taking advantage of this opportunity whilst respecting growing concerns over data privacy represents a significant challenge for the USA in its attempt to design smart policies that provide regulatory certainty, support innovation and respect individual privacy and choice.

This session will discuss what approaches, principles and privacy enhancing techniques the federal law might seek to promote so that businesses of all sizes, including start-ups, are able to continue to innovate. It will discuss whether data protection can be an economic driver for growth and innovation, where users are placed at the center of the product or service design process.

As we are arguably transitioning from a data economy to an algorithmic economy, speakers will also explore how stakeholders can cooperate to find a balance between maximizing the benefits of algorithmic decision-making based on personal data, while at the same time minimizing potential harmful outcomes. Finally, and putting uncertainties and challenges aside, this session will look at how technology itself can be part of the solution, affording greater control to consumers over how their data might be deployed.

Naomi Lefkovitz, Senior Privacy Policy Advisor, NIST
Jeremy Greenberg, Policy Fellow, Future of Privacy Forum
Representative, Tech Industry (tbc)
Representative, Vertical Industry (tbc)
Representative, Consumer organisation (tbc)

15:15 – 15:30

Afternoon Coffee Break

15:30 – 15:50

Afternoon Keynote Address

15:50 – 17:00

Session 4: Under the microscope: What will a Federal data privacy law mean for the health sector?

More and more ‘traditional’ industries now rely heavily on the processing of personal data, providing organizations with new insights of how their consumers behave. This final session will take the example of the health sector and examine what long-term impact a federal law may have considering the sectorial federal regulations that already exist in this sector.

These discussions will be held in the context of the digitization of this area of activity. How will a new federal comprehensive privacy rule work in practice for the health industry? What privacy and data protection issues are raised by activities of the health sector? Should these be dealt with individually? To what extent can industry and public sector agencies prepare for the next steps for the practical implementation of the upcoming reforms? What guidance around compliance will they need?

Lauren Steinfeld, Chief Privacy Officer, Penn Medicine
Representative, Healthcare Industry (tbc)
Representative, Tech Industry (tbc)
Representative, HHS / OCR (tbc)



Wednesday September 18, 2019
09.00 to 17.00




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