#Privacy: Happy Data Protection Day!

Today industry leaders, governments, parliaments, national data protection bodies and other entities come together to raise awareness about the importance of personal and agency-wide data protection. 

January 28 marks the anniversary of the first legally binding international law in the field of data protection – the Council of Europe’s Convention 108. Since this time, Data Protection Day is celebrated globally and aims to raise awareness about good data practice within the field. 

In the digital era, data protection issues touch all aspects of our daily lives, from work and retail, to  travelling, surfing the internet, and healthcare to name but a few. However, more needs to be done before society fully gets to grips with fundamental data privacy principles, and many citizens remain unaware of their rights. 

Thus the aim of Data Protection Day is to inform and educate the wider public about their day-to-day data rights and provide data protection professionals opportunities to interact with us, the data subjects.

To mark Data Protection Day, the Committee of the Council of Europe’s data protection treaty “Convention 108” has published “Guidelines on Artificial Intelligence and Data Protection.”

European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans, Vice-President Andrus Ansip and Commissioners Věra Jourová and Mariya Gabriel said in a statement:

“This year Data Protection Day comes eight months after the entry into application of the General Data Protection Regulation on 25 May 2018. We are proud to have the strongest and most modern data protection rules in the world, which are becoming a global standard.

“The Facebook/Cambridge Analytica case and recent data breaches have shown that we are doing the right thing. What is at stake is not only the protection of our privacy, but also the protection of our democracies and ensuring the sustainability of our data-driven economies.”


PrivSec London – 4th and 4th February

In one week, Data Protection World Forum will welcome, data protection, privacy and cyber security professionals to QEII Conference Centre to hear from industry professionals and subject matter experts on the host topics in data protection and cyber security.

Across the two days delegates will hear from over 100 speakers including:

  • Chief Privacy Officer from IKEA
  • EU Privacy Counsel for Coca Cola
  • National Security Officer at Microsoft
  • Global Chief Privacy Officer BNY Mellon
  • Steve Wright – Former DPO John Lewis Partnership and Bank Of England
  • Bojana Bellamy – President of the Centre for Information Policy Leadership (CIPL), a global information policy think tank.
  • Vivienne Artz, Chief Privacy Officer for Refinitiv – Formerly: Thomson Reuters Financial & Risk

Across the two days there will be 5 theatre covering issues including, conflicting global regulations, corporate compliance issues, awareness & training for data protection, privacy and security, Brexit and emerging technologies aiming to give delegates a stronger understanding of global data protection laws, plus the tools and knowledge to implement and maintain a successful data protection and security programme at a pivotal time.

Register for PrivSec London today

Event details
Event: PrivSec London
Where: QEII Exhibition Centre, London
When: Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th February 2020

Join our free-to-attend digital event, Last Thursday in Privacy, addressing data protection, privacy and security challenges including working from home, COVID-19, global regulations and more. Visit https://digital.privsec.info/.

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