FPF in Europe

Building bridges

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:

  • Sharing knowledge on European privacy and data protection law with its members
  • Connecting a network of key players from corporations, NGOs, academics, civil society, and regulators
  • Engaging with EU regulatory bodies and policymakers
  • Being a respected voice in the media
  • Advising corporations and policymakers regarding technological, privacy and data protection issues
  • Offering regular peer-to-peer gatherings, workshops, Masterclasses, and training interventions in selected hotspots across Europe


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.


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. Learn more about FPF’s presence in Europe.


Related Activities

A selection of posts on FPF activities

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

On July 8th, Dublin City University (DCU) and Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) jointly organized the webinar “The Independent and Effective DPO: Legal and Policy Perspectives.” The webinar was designed to help policymakers, regulators, and their staff better understand the legal views concerning the position of the Data Protection Officer within an organization. Watch the recording.

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).

Join us on July 17 from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET for an expert discussion to hear what the court decided, what it means for transatlantic data flows, and what companies and organizations should consider now. […] Read more

The Independent and Effective DPO: Legal and Policy Perspectives
Join us Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 3:00 PM CET (9:00 AM ET, 2.00 PM IST) until 4:30 PM CET for the webinar ‘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. […] Read more

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.

Digital Data Flows Masterclass: Emerging Technologies 

This series is a year-long 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. On January 23, 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.


Blog Posts

A selection of blog posts

Commoditization of Data is the Problem, Not the Solution – Why Placing a Price Tag on Personal Information May Harm Rather Than Protect Consumer Privacy

Guest post is by Lokke Moerel, a Professor of Global ICT Law at Tilburg University and Senior of Counsel at Morrison & Foerster in Berlin, and Christine Lyon, partner at Morrison & Foerster in Palo Alto, California. […] Read more

Tech Talk with the Regulators – Understanding Anonymization Under the GDPR

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has already been in existence for four years, and has been in force for two years. How can anonymization techniques under the GDPR help Data Protection Officers (DPOs) assess innovation? The 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. […] Read more

FPF Charts DPAs’ Priorities and Focus Areas for the Next Decade

The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) released a white paper, New Decade, New Priorities: A summary of twelve European Data Protection Authorities’ strategic and operational plans for 2020 and beyond, that provides guidance on the priorities and focus areas that are considered top concerns amongst European Data Protection Authorities (DPAs) for the 2020s and beyond. The inclusion of COVID-related strategies and priorities provides a holistic view of what has become the new, unexpected focus area of DPAs across the continent. […] Read more

European Union’s Data-Based Policy Against the Pandemic, Explained

Benefitting from a mature and largely harmonized data protection legal framework, the European Union and its Member States are taking policymaking steps towards a pan-European approach to enlisting data and technology against the spread of COVID-19 and to support the gradual restarting of the economy. Here is an overview of key recent events essential to understand EU’s data-based approach against the pandemic. […] Read more


In the Media

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 (2020).

Read all our comments in the media (2019).