29th Annual International Conference - 2016

04/07/2016 - 06/07/2016

St. John's College, Cambridge, UK





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Privacy Laws & Business 29th Annual International Conference

Great Expectations 

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PDF conference programme overview of all three days

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Day 1 - Monday July 4th

Day 2 - Tuesday July 5th

Day 3 - Wednesday July 6th

The EU Data Protection Regulation will start entering into force on the 24th May, perfect timing for this conference.

Great Expectations refers to the objective of achieving the great prize of consistent data protection legislation in many jurisdictions, with influence across the world. The EU Data Protection Regulation will result in heavier legal duties for organisations, individuals will eagerly use their new found rights, aided by consumer protection organisations, and Data Protection Authorities will have Great Expectations about their new stronger enforcement powers.
You will gain valuable insights into law and policy, DPAs’ guidance, companies sharing their practical experience and some alternative perspectives. For three days,you will benefit from direct contact with DPAs and your peers at meals and other informal networking opportunities, enabling you to enhance your role as a member of the international privacy law community.

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What our 2015 participants have to say about the conference:

“I think that the conference had an interesting and broad range of speakers and topics.
It provided enough time to network and the venue is amazing. Absolutely beautiful.”
Joke Ruwen, ESOMAR, the Netherlands

“Very useful, well worth the time and expense, lots of practical advice.
Good balance between theory and practice.”
Eyal Roy Sage, AYR Lawyers, Israel

“Excellent! Outstanding location, panel of speakers and topics. I noticed the difference from other privacy conferences in that this was far more intellectual, and both speakers
and attendees were highly qualified professionals.”
Senior Counsel, Data Privacy, a multinational pharmaceutical company

“I truly enjoyed the entire conference, as it had really good content and speakers and because of the smaller setting, it is a really great way to meet other privacy professionals.
I honestly believe it was the best privacy conference I have been to and hope to join again next year.”
An EMEA Counsel, A major cloud provider

“The ability to see and hear from regulators and senior players in the field in a relaxed and intimate setting is unmatched. The chance to see the regulators interact
and speak at close range, and the chance to chat with them over tea.”
Chief Privacy Officer, a US-based bank

“Good overview of where to focus on in coming year. Very helpful case studies.”
Lawyer, a security software company, Belgium

"The social aspects were really good and fun. It was easy to socialise both on a business level
as on a more personal level”
Joke Ruwen, ESOMAR, the Netherlands

“Great environment to learn and share experiences”
General Counsel - Privacy and Data, a multinational bank

“Valuable. There are people I have seen speak at other conferences for years;
here I was able to sit and speak with them at dinner”
Chief Privacy Officer, a US-based bank

Lanx Goh, Manager (Enforcement), Personal Data Protection Commission, Singapore

Lawyer, a security software company, Belgium

“Absolutely wonderful – a great way to network”
Global Privacy Associate, a multinational pharmaceutical company 

A unique summer-school atmosphere

The conference is held at St John’s College, Cambridge, where participants will enjoy the excellent refurbished facilities at the new conference centre. Come and experience a classic Cambridge college and walk across the Bridge of Sighs.

This residential conference is an opportunity to enjoy a unique friendly summer school atmosphere, while mingling with a group of Data Protection Commissioners, privacy managers, specialist lawyers and academics from many countries.

The conference brings you into close contact with privacy regulators, challenges conventional wisdom, offers good networking experience and provides excellent value for money. 


“An excellent way to understand the issues and how they are seen by practitioners and regulators in numerous jurisdictions”
Olga Ganopolsky, Maquirie, Australia

“Many congratulations on a hugely successful conference. PL&B still setting the standard after all these years!”
Scott Singer, Dentons, UK

“Outstanding conference to learn DP Law and connect with experts.”
Pablo Palazzi, Allende & Brea, Argentina

“This is truly one of the most informative, sophisticated and forward looking data privacy conferences I have attended.”
Elizabeth Denham, Information and Privacy Commissioner of BC, Canada

“An excellent opportunity to meet experts in the field and share ideas with other people in similar in-house positions to ourselves.”
Marilyn Sieff, Amadeus, Spain

“The Privacy Laws and Business Annual International Conference provides real depth and breadth on all the important privacy issues, and a chance to mix with many different industry specialists.  As well as giving a thorough understanding of how the privacy world is today, it also (and more importantly) gives you real insight into where it is heading.”
Janet Lane, Experian, UK

"It was a fantastic conference - all the talks first class and the delegates all very knowledgeable... highest quality privacy debate from dawn to dusk!”
Marcus Evans, Norton Rose Fulbright, UK

“The conference was engaging, interesting and enjoyable plus a great opportunity to network
and pick up useful tips and guidance”
Helen Gourdin, DIAGEO, UK