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

Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Ethical Applications
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September 20, 2017 | John Verdi

Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Ethical Applications

On September 25, 2017, the Future of Privacy Forum and the Information Accountability Foundation will co-host an official side event at the International Conference of Data Protection Commissioners. The event follows IAF’s publication of Artificial Intelligence, Ethics and Enhanced Data Stewardship, and FPF’s curation of leading research highlighting the privacy challenges posed by artificial intelligence.

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Study: EU-US Privacy Shield Essential to Leading European Companies
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September 19, 2017 | John Verdi

Study: EU-US Privacy Shield Essential to Leading European Companies

The Future of Privacy Forum conducted a study of the companies enrolled in the US-EU Privacy Shield program and determined that 114 European headquartered companies are active Privacy Shield Participants. These European companies rely on the program to transfer data to their US subsidiaries or to essential vendors that support their business needs.

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What does privacy mean to you?
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August 30, 2017 | Melanie Bates

What does privacy mean to you?

Future of Privacy Forum’s CEO, Jules Polonetsky, spoke with Goethe Institut about what privacy means to him. Jules discussed his experience leading FPF and the various circumstances he encounters. You can watch the full clip here.

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