To commemorate Data Privacy Day – an international effort held annually on Jan. 28 to generate awareness about the importance of respecting privacy, safeguarding data and enabling trust – the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) hosted “Data Privacy Day 2020: A Vision for the Future”, which was streamed live from LinkedIn in San Francisco, CA, the morning of Tuesday, Jan. 28.
The event showcased cutting-edge discussions and presentations from leading experts on U.S. and international privacy, to delve deep into the global wave of privacy regulations and what they mean for economies and businesses around the world today and into the future.
The half-day event had more than 160 in-person attendees and currently has over 2,200 views on YouTube. The day’s activities were made possible by Data Privacy Day’s partner and host, LinkedIn, and sponsors. Contributing Sponsors were Microsoft, Visa, MediaPRO, Integris Software and OneTrust. Global Sponsors were Trend Micro, Knowbe4, 3M and Yubico. ITSP Magazine and the Identity Theft Resource Center were Event Partners.
After Welcome Remarks from Kalinda Raina, Vice President, Head of Privacy at LinkedIn and Gregory Smolynec, Deputy Commissioner, Policy and Promotion Sector of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, the event kicked off with “Privacy Across the Globe” – an international look at how GDPR changed the global privacy landscape and how countries around the world are looking at and approaching privacy legislation. Kalinda Raina and Gregory Smolynec were joined by Jared Ho, Senior Attorney, Division of Privacy and Identity Protection at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and João Rodrigues, Senior Legal Adviser of the European Parliament Liaison Office with the U.S. Congress.
Representing different countries and regions, Gregory, Jared, and João shared insights on the implementation of GDPR and the standard it has set internationally. João gave an overview of its implementation across Europe and the variety of data protection authorities throughout the E.U.. Gregory spoke to how Canada is looking at GDPR to create their own privacy laws and Jared provided insight into the potential of a U.S. federal privacy bill.
In the next segment, “CCPA and the Wake of Privacy Legislation in the U.S.” Larry Magid, CEO, Connect Safely led a discussion with Stacey Gray, Senior Policy Counsel at the Future of Privacy Forum; Thomas Hallett, Privacy Solutions Engineer at OneTrust; and Tom Pendergast, Chief Learning Officer at MediaPRO, on the California Consumer Privacy Act, which went into effect on January 1, 2020, how other states are creating and enforcing privacy legislation, and how these separate laws affect our nation’s privacy as a whole.
CCPA is the broadest legislation a U.S. state has enacted. Tom talked about CCPA as an instigator of privacy legislation across the nation and a signal to lawmakers in other states that they need to consider their own legislation, while Thomas spoke to the concerns of businesses and complications that arise when a legislation like CCPA is too broad and not descriptive enough. Stacey shared her perspective on the barriers to setting a uniform national standard, and the need to address how the a uniform law will be enforced and to what extent it should preempt innovative state measures.
Following the second panel, Julie Brill, Chief Privacy Officer at Microsoft explored how we sometimes forget what privacy means to us, and what we need to do as a society to protect ourselves in this increasingly data-driven digital world with her TED-style talk – “Creating a World with Privacy”. Julie shared real life examples of information and data that has been bought, sold and misused, asking “where should we draw the line?” She highlighted privacy not just as a human right, but as the foundational right on which all other human rights are built.
Lastly, industry experts shared their perspectives on “Going Beyond Privacy Compliance”, delving into ways to not only comply with current regulations, but how to prepare for future laws and make protecting customers’ data a top priority. Sean Martin, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of ITSP Magazine led the discussion with Kristina Bergman, CEO and Founderof Integris Software; John Gevertz, Chief Privacy Officer at Visa; Ben Moskowitz, Director of Consumer Reports’ Digital Lab; and Kalinda Raina. Sean led the conversation on operationalizing privacy throughout large and small organizations. Panelists shared advice for smaller companies, emphasizing the importance of setting company values from the very beginning to build a culture of privacy, as well as stressing “privacy by design”, and thinking about privacy as everyone’s job, no matter their department or role.
Thirteen media guests attended the event. Here is a preliminary sample of media coverage resulting from the event.
- Data Privacy Day 2020 | With NCSA | Coverage (Jan. 28, ITSP Magazine)
- Four Reasons for Optimism on International Privacy & Protection Day (Jan. 28, Kaleido Insights)
- Data breaches, privacy concerns and government pressure turn up the heat for cybersecurity experts (Jan. 30, Silicon Angle)
- ‘Get Your House in Order’: Privacy Experts from Visa, LinkedIn Talk Compliance (Jan. 30, Law.com)
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Thank you to all who helped to make this event possible and tuned in online! We look forward to growing awareness of the importance of privacy and protecting personal information this Data Privacy Day and year-round.