30th Annual International Conference - 2017

03/07/2017 - 05/07/2017

St. John's College, Cambridge, UK

Privacy Laws & Business 30th Annual International Conference

Promoting Privacy with Innovation





This conference addressed how to ensure that the golden age of innovation does not become the dark age of information privacy. Sessions showed how the apparent car crash between innovation and privacy does not need to be a disaster. At one end of the spectrum, innovation can be the enemy of privacy and at the other end, innovation can be an enabler. This conference sought willingness on both sides to connect with each other in a civilised manner and to find solutions.

Click the links below for more details on our 30th anniversary conference:

Conference programme PDF

Day 1 - Monday 3rd July - includes Audio, Slides and bullet points for each sessions

Day 2 - Tuesday 4th July - includes Audio, Slides and bullet points for each sessions

Day 3 - Wednesday 5th July - includes Audio, Slides and bullet points for each sessions

Speakers and their biographies 



CPD Points:

Each day's attendance qualifies for 7 CPD points. Every Privacy Laws & Business event qualifies for accredited CPD hours for the purposes of the England and Wales Solicitors Regulation Authority’s requirements. Please quote AQJ/PLBU when applying for the points with the SRA.


2017 Premier sponsor:


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2017 Supporters:


Conference Commendations


Peter Fleischer
Global Privacy Counsel




Leena Kuusniemi
Senior Legal Counsel




Dr John Selby
Department of Accounting
and Corporate Governance
Macquarie University
Sydney, Australia



Ina Gallo
EMEA Data Protection Counsel
Axiom Law
United Kingdom



Kevin Shepherdson
Straits Interactive





 “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