FPF in Europe

Building bridges: Neutral, but highly optimistic

In Europe, FPF will focus on maintaining its neutrality in any discourse. FPF is highly optimistic that social and economic good can be achieved through innovation in data and technology while also respecting privacy rights. We know we can make a difference in the dialogue needed to achieve just that.

Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) has built strong partnerships across Europe through its convenings and trainings for policymakers and regulators. FPF’s transatlantic engagement helps regulators, policymakers, and staff at European Union data protection authorities better understand the technologies at the forefront of data protection law. FPF also explains EU data protection and privacy law and the European Court of Human Rights legal framework to make them easily understandable for stakeholders in the U.S. FPF hopes to bridge the gap between European and U.S. privacy cultures and build a common data protection language.

A space for debate and dialogue

FPF is a neutral, non-profit organization providing a space for debate and dialogue by:

Our Team

FPF’s efforts in Europe are led by Rob van Eijk and Gabriela Zanfir-Fortuna. Rob is an established and well-respected leader in the data protection field, and Gabriela leads FPF’s work on global privacy developments and European data protection law and policy.
We believe that the organization should seek to raise awareness and foster debate regarding practical and credible privacy and data protection solutions in the EU. Current laws and rights will always be respected, while ensuring new policies and rules can be considered in the data privacy space.


A selection of FPF events focused on emerging technologies

RECORDING – Privacy in High Density Crowd Contexts

On 30 September 2020, Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) and Dataskydd.net jointly organized the webinar ‘Privacy in High Density Crowd Contexts’. A key aspect of the webinar was the role of industry-driven privacy standards in the development and deployment of privacy-friendly technologies for crowd management, mobile connectivity, and smart city services. […] Takeaways and link to the recording.

RECORDING – Tech Talk with the Regulators – Understanding Anonymization Under the GDPR

How can anonymization techniques under the GDPR help Data Protection Officers (DPOs) assess innovation? Future of Privacy Forum hosted a webinar with Truata that featured experts from DPAs in Italy, Ireland, and the UK to find out more about their perspective. […] Takeaways and link to the recording.

Understanding Machine Learning

On 23 January 2020, the Future of Privacy Forum provided bespoke training on machine learning as a side event during the Computers, Privacy and Data Protection Conference (CPDP2020) in Brussels. Read about the main takeaways here.

RECORDING – Digital Data Flows Masterclass: Emerging Technologies 

This series is an educational program designed for regulators, policymakers, and staff seeking to better understand the data-driven technologies at the forefront of data protection law and policy. Classes are held both in person and virtually. The curriculum has featured discussions on AI and machine learning, ad tech, de-identification, location data, and more. See upcoming classes.


Dublin City University (DCU) Partners with The Future of Privacy Forum

FPF and Dublin City University have announced a new partnership that will see them collaborate on research projects, host joint conferences and workshops, and pursue applications for research opportunities together over the next three years. “Partnering with DCU will allow us to collaborate with some of the world’s leading experts on Artificial Intelligence and other innovative technologies to ensure, privacy and ethics remain a priority for research and new products,” said Jules Polonetsky, CEO of the Future of Privacy Forum. “FPF is expanding its presence in Ireland because individuals in the US and EU share common values about both privacy and data protection challenges as well as the opportunities data enables to make our lives better.” […] Read more

Brussels Privacy Symposium

Co-hosted by the Brussels Privacy Hub of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and FPF, the annual Brussels Privacy Symposium is a global convening of practical, applicable, substantive privacy research and scholarship. The Symposium draws on the expertise of leading EU and US academics, industry practitioners, and policy makers to produce an annual workshop highlighting innovative research on emerging privacy issues. Each year, the event features a new theme and brings together thought leaders to discuss complex issues pertaining to data protection and privacy. Past themes include identifiability: policy and practical solutions for anonymization and pseudonymization; artificial intelligence and ethics; and the intersection of data protection and competition law.

The European Council is a standalone membership group for companies active in Europe. The Council’s monthly calls include European thought leaders, senior staf at the European Data Protection Board and Council of Europe, and representatives of Member States. Members also have input into FPF activities in the EU.


A selection of blog posts

To track and to get tracked: new innovative methods and advancements

On September 30, 2020, the Future of Privacy Forum participated in a panel at the Annual Privacy Forum 2020 (APF-2020). The event is organized annually by the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA), the Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT), and the Católica University of Portugal, Lisbon School of Law. FPF’s Rob van Eijk contributed to a panel on tracking and tracing, To track and to get tracked: new innovative methods and advancements, alongside Marit Hansen (State Data Protection Commissioner of Land Schleswig-Holstein), Fernando Silva (Banco de Portugal, DPO cabinet), and Prokopios Drogkaris (ENISA, moderator). […] Read more

A Conversation with FPF’s Gabriela Zanfir-Fortuna

Part of a series where FPF interviews FPF senior policy experts about their work on important privacy issues. In this blogpost, Gabriela Zanfir-Fortuna, FPF Senior Counsel, is sharing her perspective on FPF’s EU work, and more.. […] Read more

Rob van Eijk Discusses Trends in European Privacy Discussions

Part of a series where FPF interviews FPF senior policy experts about their work on important privacy issues. In this blogpost, Rob van Eijk, FPF’s Managing Director for Europe, is sharing his perspective on FPF’s EU work, differences between U.S. and EU privacy frameworks, and more.. […] Read more

Round table – Banking on Personal Data

On July 22th, Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) and Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) hosted a roundtable on open banking. Twenty subject-matter experts discussed some of the main challenges in banking and data protection law: consent and its various interpretations, (re)use and sharing of personal data, and interoperability. The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) has begun to address whether the unresolved questions can be answered. Aspects of these issues were highlighted in the roundtable. […] Read more.

Schrems II Decision – Next Steps: A Conversation with Helen Dixon & Bruno Gencarelli

On July 16, 2020, the Court of Justice of the EU will deliver its long-anticipated judgment in the Schrems II case. The following day, the Future of Privacy Forum will host a virtual conversation between Bruno Gencarelli (Head of International Data Flows and Protection at the European Commission), Helen Dixon (Data Protection Commissioner for Ireland), led by Dr. Gabriela Zanfir-Fortuna (Senior Policy Counsel at FPF) and Jules Polonetsky (CEO of FPF). […] Read more

RECORDING – The Independent and Effective DPO: Legal and Policy Perspectives

The webinar is jointly organized by Dublin City University (DCU) and Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) and designed to help policymakers, regulators, and their staff better understand the legal views concerning the position of the Data Protection Officer within an organization. […] Takeaways and link to the recording.


A selection of media in which FPF commented on the news

‘Creepy Technologies Invade European Post-Pandemic Workplaces’
Read more in Bloomberg

‘Future of Privacy Forum compares Covid-19 mobile apps’
Read more in The Irish Times

‘Brussels wants to track millions of people through telecom data in fight against corona’
Read more in Het Financieele Dagblad (in Dutch)

Read all our comments in the media (2021).

Read all our comments in the media (2020).

Read all our comments in the media (2019).