Emerging Privacy Issues: A Dialogue Between NGOs & DPAs

A Public Voice event, Held in conjunction with the
39th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners

Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel  – Hong Kong, China


Date: September 25th, 2017

Time: 15:30 to 17:00

Location: Harbour Room II

Description: In the 21st Century, the protection of data security and fundamental rights requires a global response. Technological developments ranging from biometric identification, to big data, to artificial intelligence offer nations and corporations an unprecedented capacity for pervasive surveillance of individuals. Data privacy and basic security interests are threatened by core systems’ vulnerability to cyberattack. Nation states and other malicious actors capitalize on new information flows to distort public opinion. The internet ecosystem is dominated by few major players. Yet, simultaneously, individuals are empowered to push back – to track their governments, make political statements, create economic opportunity, and forge personal connections. Data protection authorities are on the front line of developing safeguards and standards, shaping technological change, and creating norms to protect privacy in the modern age. This Public Voice side event will feature a productive dialogue between NGOs and DPAs on these and other emerging privacy issues, forging solutions to today’s challenges. No prior registration necessary.

Opening remarks by Marc Rotenberg, President, Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) (@EPICprivacy).


Dr. Eduardo Bertoni, Director, National Data Protection Authority in Argentina

Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, President, CNIL; Chair, Article 29 Working Party (@CNIL)

John Edwards, Privacy Commissioner, New Zealand; Chair of ICDPPC (@NZPrivacy)

Fanny Hidvégi, European Policy Manager, Access Now (@accessnow)

Pam Dixon, Executive Director, World Privacy Forum (@privacyforum)

Frederike Kaltheuner, Policy Officer, Privacy International (@privacyint)

Jam Jacob, Legal and Policy Advisor, Foundation for Media Alternatives (@FMA_PH)


Moderated by Eleni Kyriakides, Electronic Privacy Information Center (@EPICprivacy)



The Madrid Resolution & Declaration

European Union


New Zealand

United States

Council of Europe

Organization for Econcomic Cooperation and Development

Previous Public Voice Events

CSISAC Forum, in conjunction with the OECD’s “Digital Economy: Innovation, Growth and Social Prosperity” (June 2016)

The Public Voice Conference: Our Data, Our Lives (Warsaw 2013)

The Public Voice Conference: Privacy Rights are a Global Challenge (Punta del Este 2012)

The Public Voice Civil Society Meeting: Next Generation Privacy Challenges and Opportunities (Jerusalem 2010)

The Public Voice: Global Privacy Standards in a Global World (Madrid 2009)

United Nations. IV Internet Governance Forum (Sharm El Sheikh  2009)

OECD Ministerial Meeting on the Future of the Internet Economy (Seoul 2008)

Civil Society Privacy Conference: Privacy Rights in a World Under Surveillance (Montreal 2007)

OECD Participative Web Forum: Shaping policies for creativity, confidence and convergence (Ottawa 2007)

Africa Electronic Privacy and Public Vocie Symposium (Cape Town 2004)

Public Voice Symposium: Privacy in a New Era: Challenges, Opportunities and Partnerships (Wroclaw 2004)

Public Voice Roundtable: Consumers and Privacy in South America (Buenos Aires 2004)

The Public Voice in the Digital Economy (Hawaii 2003)

The Public Voice in Internet Policy (Washington 2002)

The Public Voice in Emerging Market Economies (Dubai 2001)



Gerald Tan
Electronic Privacy Information Center
+1 202 483 1140 x119
admin AT epic DOT org