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The conference programme can be found below. 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


08:15 – 08:55

Delegate Registration and Welcome Coffee

08:50 – 09:00

Conference Opening

09:00 – 11:00

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 – 09:30

Part 1: Keynote Speeches

Diane Rinaldo, Assistant Secretary (Acting), NTIA, Department of Commerce
Suzan DelBene, US Congresswoman, US House of Representatives
Moderator: Paul Adamson OBE, Chairman, Forum Global

09:30 – 10:45

Part 2: Panel Discussion

Elisa Jillson, Attorney, Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, FTC
Martin Abrams, Executive Director, The Information Accountability Foundation
Frank Torres, Senior Director of Consumers Affairs & Senior Policy Counsel, Microsoft
Jeff Joseph, President, SIIA
David Brody, Counsel and Senior Fellow for Privacy & Technology, Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Moderator: Paul Adamson OBE, Chairman, Forum Global

10:45 – 11:00


Jimmy R. Rock, Assistant Deputy, Public Advocacy Division, Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia

11:00 – 11:20

Morning Coffee Break

11:20 – 11:40

Fireside Chat: Interaction between US and global privacy rules

Interaction between US and global privacy rules: Impacting international data flows

Alex Greenstein, Director, Privacy Shield, Department of Commerce

Moderator: Dan Caprio, Co-Founder, The Providence Group

11:40 – 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.
Travis Hall, Telecommunications Policy Specialist, NTIA
Aaron Cooper, Vice President, Global Policy, BSA | The Software Alliance
Michelle Richardson, Director of the Privacy and Data Project, Center for Democracy and Technology
Paula Bruening, Founder and Principal, Casentino Strategies
Shane Tews, Visiting Fellow, American Enterprise Institute

Moderator: Dan Caprio, Co-Founder, The Providence Group


13:00 – 14:00


14:00 – 14:20

Afternoon Keynote Address

Marsha Blackburn, US Senator, US Senate

14:20 – 15:30

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
Bryant Noël, Privacy Consultant, OneTrust
Natalie Meurer, Civil Liberties Engineer, Palantir Technologies

Moderator: Michael McLaughlin, Research Analyst, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

15:30 – 15:45

Afternoon Coffee Break

15:45 – 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?

Elisa Jillson, Attorney, Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, FTC
Lauren Steinfeld, Chief Privacy Officer, Penn Medicine
Tina Grande, Chair, The Confidentiality Coalition
Joy Pritts, Founder, Pritts Consulting
Dawn-Marie Hutchinson, Director of Corporate Strategic Security Services, GlaxoSmithKline

Moderator: Jonathan Litchman, Co-Founder, The Providence Group

17:00 – 18:00

Drinks Reception

Forum Global invites you to join us for a drinks reception with other data privacy experts in the First Amendment Lounge of the National Press Club.



Wednesday September 18, 2019
09.00 to 18.00




National Press Club

529 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20045, USA

Tel: 1 202-662-7500

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