About this Issue

Around the world, policymakers are focusing on ways to improve privacy frameworks. More than 120 countries have currently a privacy or data protection law enacted. Significant developments are taking place in the European Union, with the General Data Protection Regulation becoming applicable in May 2018 and a framework for ensuring privacy of electronic communications being currently in the legislative process. These developments have an impact on US based organizations that conduct business on the territory of the EU, even if they do not have an establishment there.

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The approaches in the EU and in the US to privacy protection differ, based on different legal traditions. Still, there is significant common ground in the commitment to empowering individuals with respect to the collection and use of personal data, and to protecting people against harm from the use of their data.

The Future of Privacy Forum is closely following developments in EU policy-making and law-making. We keep our members informed with all relevant changes, case-law, guidance, policies, legal requirements, while also providing background and extracting essential information in order to support them being on top of the wave. We send out frequent digests with highlights (three to four every month), and the information shared is archived on our FPF Europe page, with access granted only to FPF members.

The Future of Privacy Forum is also engaging with stakeholders in Europe – including representatives of industry, academia and regulators, to facilitate the exchange of ideas and to foster understanding between the American and European privacy cultures, while furthering transatlantic privacy in response to current challenges.

Events

Papers

Privacy Engineering Research and the GDPR: A Trans-Atlantic Initiative
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August 30, 2017 | Melanie Bates

Privacy Engineering Research and the GDPR: A Trans-Atlantic Initiative

With this event, we aim to determine the relevant state of the art in privacy engineering; in particular, we will focus on those areas where the “art” needs to be developed further. The goal of this trans-Atlantic initiative is to identify open research and development tasks, which are needed to make the full achievement of the GDPR’s ambitions possible.

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What's Happening: International

From cross-border transfers to privacy engineering, check out all panels and events FPF will be a part of at CPDP2018
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January 22, 2018 | Gabriela Zanfir-Fortuna

From cross-border transfers to privacy engineering, check out all panels and events FPF will be a part of at CPDP2018

Computers Privacy and Data Protection conference  (CPDP) kicks off this week in Brussels, and the theme this year is “The Internet of Bodies”. The conference will gather 400 speakers for 80 panels to set the stage for the privacy and data protection conversation in Europe for 2018. And this is such an important year for data protection – not only the General Data Protection Regulation becomes applicable in May, but also the text of the new ePrivacy Regulation will likely be finalized.

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EDPS Highlights EU-US Privacy Engineering Workshop
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November 30, 2017 | Gabriela Zanfir-Fortuna

EDPS Highlights EU-US Privacy Engineering Workshop

Details on the EU-US privacy engineering workshop were published in European Data Protection Supervisor’s latest newsletter. This workshop was organized by the Internet Privacy Engineering Network (IPEN), Future of Privacy Forum, KU Leuven and Carnegie Mellon University, on November 10, in Leuven.

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A Conversation with Giovanni Buttarelli about The Future of Data Protection: setting the stage for an EU Digital Regulator
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November 22, 2017 | Gabriela Zanfir-Fortuna

A Conversation with Giovanni Buttarelli about The Future of Data Protection: setting the stage for an EU Digital Regulator

The nature of the digital economy is as such that it will force the creation of multi-competent supervisory authorities sooner rather than later. What if the European Data Protection Board would become in the next 10 to 15 years an EU Digital Regulator, looking at matters concerning data protection, consumer protection and competition law, having “personal data” as common thread? This is the vision Giovanni Buttarelli, the European Data Protection Supervisor, laid out last week in a conversation we had at the IAPP Data Protection Congress in Brussels.

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