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:
- 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
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.
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).