First edition of the Privacy Symposium conference to be held in April for supporting international dialogue, cooperation, and knowledge sharing on data protection and privacy

The first edition of the Privacy Symposium conference will take place in Venice, on April 5-7 2022.

The European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has enhanced personal data protection and data subject rights and at the same time impacted all companies and public administrations in Europe and beyond. New regulations are emerging in Europe and in other parts of the world that will directly impact how data can be accessed, processed, shared and used, with many challenges to be addressed.

The Privacy Symposium aims at supporting international dialogue, cooperation and knowledge sharing on data protection, compliance, and innovative technologies. This first edition will have three main focuses:

  • Evolution of data protection regulations at national, regional and international level;
  • Data protection compliance for innovative technologies such as artificial intelligence, Blockchain, Internet of Things, quantum computing, cloud, edge computing, 5G, V2X, metaverse, etc.;
  • eHealth and medical data protection compliance with the GDPR, taking into account the lessons learned from the COVID-19 crisis and future health data spaces.

The conference will offer more than 70 sessions with over 150 top level experts and authorities from Europe and beyond (including US, Canada, Brazil, Japan, Singapore, etc.) to address and discuss challenges such as data sovereignty, cross-border data transfers, legitimate interests, interoperability, artificial intelligence, data protection by design, international cooperation, post-quantum privacy, cybersecurity in the global Internet, medical data user control, etc.

It provides a unique opportunity:

  1. to discover the latest and upcoming developments in data protection regulations;
  2. to meet and discuss with data protection authorities and experts;
  3. to promote international dialogue and cooperation for data protection.

Confirmed speakers include: Andrea Jelinek, President of the European Data Protection Board; Katherine Harman-Stoke, Acting Director at the US Department of Justice Office of Privacy and Civil Liberties; Jane Horvath, Apple Chief Privacy Officer; Prof Fumio Shimpo, Commissioner of the Japanese data protection authority; Guido Scorza, Italian Data Protection Supervisory Authority; Paul Nemitz, Principal Advisor in the Directorate General for Justice and Consumers of the European Commission; Wojciech Wiewiórowski, European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS); Waldemar Gonçalves Ortunho Júnior, President and Director of the Brazilian data protection authority; Steve Wood, Deputy Commissioner of ICO and Chair of the OECD’s Working Party on Data Governance and Privacy; Brent R. Homan, Deputy Commissioner of Canada; David Stevens, President of the Belgium Data Protection Authority; Marie-Laure Denis, President of CNIL; Attila Péterfalvi, President of the Hungarian National Authority for Data Protection and Freedom of Information; Catherine Lennman, Swiss Data Protection Authority; Isabelle Servoz Gallucci and Peter Kimpian, Data Protection Unit at Council of Europe; Alessandra Pierucci, Chair of the Committee of Convention 108 at Council of Europe; Luca Bolognini, President of the Italian Institute for Privacy (IIP); Paolo Balboni, Maastricht University; Gabriele Faggioli, President of CLUSIT and Rocco Panetta (country leader for IAPP Italy).

Patronised by the Italian Supervisory Authority and with the support of the Data Protection Unit of the Council of Europe, the conference will be hosted by the Ca’ Foscari University in Venice. It is co-organised with the support of several organisations, including the Italian Institute for Privacy (IIP), the Italian Association for Information Security (CLUSIT), the foundation Mandat International, the European Law Students’ Association (ELSA), ASSO DPO, Federprivacy, the European Federation of DPOs (EFDPO) European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO), the European Centre for Certification and Privacy (ECCP), Circolo Giuristi Telematici, the Maastricht European Centre on Privacy and Cybersecurity (ECPC), IoT Forum and several European organisations and research projects.

Contact and complementary information
The programme and the registration information can be found at:

For media enquiries, you can contact: [email protected]

Media and journalists interested to attend and cover the conference are welcome to contact us in advance. We will be pleased to facilitate interviews with speakers and to hold regular press meetings.

You can also follow Privacy Symposium on Twitter and LinkedIn and participate in the online conversation with the hashtags #InternationalPrivacySymposium and #IPSVenice.