The 2nd Annual Data Privacy Conference

Event Overview

The 2020 edition of the Data Privacy Conference USA will take place virtually and draw together thought leaders, the public and private sectors and legislators to discuss the most topical and timely issues relating Data Privacy in the US.

Held using an interactive virtual event system, sessions will go far beyond the standard webinar. Attendees will have the opportunity to get involved and engage through interactive sessions, one-to-one and group networking, a virtual exhibition area and much, much more…

Don’t miss the opportunity to join the debate with privacy experts – registration is now open, and FREE OF CHARGE for all attendees.

Featuring a keynote address from...

Featuring a keynote address from...

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Christine Wilson


Federal Trade Commission

Speakers of the 2019 edition included:

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Marsha Blackburn

US Senator

US Senate

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Alex Greenstein

Director, Privacy Shield

Department of Commerce

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Diane Rinaldo

Assistant Secretary (Acting), NTIA

Department of Commerce

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Jimmy R. Rock

Assistant Deputy, Public Advocacy Division

Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia

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Suzan DelBene

US Congresswoman

US House of Representatives

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Martin Abrams

Executive Director

The Information Accountability Foundation

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Naomi Lefkovitz

Senior Privacy Policy Advisor


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Elisa Jillson

Attorney, Division of Privacy and Identity Protection


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Aaron Cooper

Vice President, Global Policy

BSA | The Software Alliance

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Lauren Steinfeld

Chief Privacy Officer

Penn Medicine

*Positions & organisations at time of conference


In the last few years, concern over how personal information is collected and used in the US has increased. This has prompted a number of US states to propose their own data privacy bills, culminating this year in the entry into force of the CCPA, fuelling calls for a comprehensive federal data privacy law. A uniform framework, it is argued, would enhance trust by granting data subjects clear protections, and at the same time provide regulatory certainty to businesses operating across the USA.

The 2020 edition of the Data Privacy USA conference will gather US and global data privacy experts, industry leaders and civil society, to explore what’s next in the push for a set of federal rules. It will analyse what has been learnt since the last edition of this conference, particularly in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, and how data, used appropriately, is a powerful tool in the efforts to boost economic growth and improve the health and wellbeing of US citizens.

Topics will include:

Future of Data Privacy Policy in the USA

Building trust for consumers & citizens

The role of privacy enhancing technologies

The role of privacy enhancing technologies

Data Privacy & the Transatlantic relationship

Data Privacy Conference
08:30 - 09:00
Registration & Welcome Coffee
09:00 - 10:50
Session 1: What is next for Data Privacy policy in the USA?

Data privacy is undoubtedly a growing concern for U.S. citizens. Since last year’s edition of the Data Privacy Conference USA, tremendous efforts on the data privacy legislative front have been made: Members of Congress have discussed and introduced an unprecedented number of privacy bills, The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) entered into force on January 1, 2020 driving several other US States to introduce of expand their own privacy law, as well as adding momentum to attempts at formalizing a sweeping federal law on privacy in the United States. However, a number of sticking points remain and progress on debating these has been halted by other congressional activities [impeachment trial] and the Covid-19 health crisis.

This session will examine progress made around the creation of data privacy principles that could inspire a federal law, debate the remaining sticking points around state-law and sectorial pre-emption, privacy right of actions and the nature of enforcement. It will discuss the impact that CCPA has had on the US Privacy landscape and will ask whether a single privacy framework that remains future-proof and flexible depending on data needs of companies can be realistically be achieved soon. Importantly, and ahead of the presidential and congressional elections coming up this November, this session will discuss the lessons learnt from the various attempts at creating a Federal Privacy law, which could inspire future efforts by the next administration and congress.

Part 1: Keynote Speeches
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Christine Wilson
Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission
Part 2: Panel Discussion

Panelists will have the opportunity to comment on the remarks made by the keynote speakers, and to deliver their own perspective on the following issues:

Lessons from CCPA

What have we learnt from CCPA so far? What has its introduction meant for businesses of all sizes and sectors? How has it changed approaches to Data Protection in other states, and what does its future look like?

Dealing with a patchwork of rules

With the proliferation of state privacy laws creating a patchwork of rules across the country, what is being done to minimize compliance challenges, especially for small businesses?

Outstanding points of debate

How can consensus be achieved on issues regarding privacy right of actions, pre-emption, enforcement authority, liability and accountability in order to make real progress on a possible federal framework? What progress has concretely been made at Congress level considering the number of bills and draft proposals that have been circulated by members in both chambers?

Federal Privacy law vs Sectorial regulations

How would, and should, a federal comprehensive privacy rule work in practice for sectors having to adhere to industry-specific regulations such as HIPAA and the Financial Privacy Act?

Creating a flexible framework

How can it be ensured that harmonized, clear and consistent data protection standards can be created while remaining future-proof, flexible to new technologies and to the needs of individuals?

To what extent can a regime be implemented so that it covers the changing nature of data and the various opinions as to what constitutes “personal information.”?

International interoperability

How can co-operation with third countries and with international organizations be enhanced to ensure maximum interoperability of a possible federal law with other data protection regimes worldwide?

Recommendations for the next political terms

When can we realistically expect a federal law to come into place? How can it be ensured that the next Administration and Congress learn from the achievements and failures in the area a data privacy legislation?

10:50 - 11:10
Coffee & Networking Break
11:10 - 12:15
Session 2: Corporate data governance & privacy compliance

With a number of states implementing their own privacy laws and without a federal privacy law in place, organizations across the country are having to comply with different privacy regimes as well as with industry-specific privacy regulations, which increasingly create tremendous corporate governance challenges. In order to achieve best levels of compliance, a number of privacy experts argue that companies should now take a more proactive stance toward data privacy, by incorporating data security and privacy into an overall risk management framework and by adopting flexible compliance mechanisms so that they can adapt to this constantly-changing regulatory environment. This session will discuss what can be done by organizations of all sizes and all sectors to prepare for future compliance and will explore whether tools and recommendations that are being deployed, such as the NIST privacy framework, are enough to give businesses and public organizations appropriate support and guidance.

  • What can organizations do now to ensure compliance with current regulations while preparing for future compliance in the context of a shifting data privacy landscape, both at state and federal levels? What tools and support are available to them to create the competency to become, and stay compliant, in an era where disruptive technologies are constantly evolving? What role can initiatives such as the release of the NIST Privacy Framework play in helping organizations think through their data governance and security systems?
  • To what extent can privacy and security be integrated into all aspect of their business processes, and how can compliant and adaptable data privacy systems be created? To what extent can this prove becoming a strong competitive advantage in the future?
  • What does compliance currently look like for smaller businesses, and what does this mean for competition and innovation? Should different regimes and exemptions exist for organizations of different sizes?
  • With operations widely spread across the world, what challenges are being faced by multi-national organizations and what can be done to help them meet different data privacy requirements globally?
12:15 - 13:15
Networking Lunch
13:15 - 13:30
Afternoon keynote speech
13:30 - 14:40
Session 3: Finding the right balance between data-innovation, personalization and privacy: putting the individual at the center

Sound data protection rules and practices are seen as crucial factors to increasing trust in digital services, providing confidence in the way an individual’s personal data is collected, processed and used. This is vital to allow data-driven innovation to flourish: sectors such as e-commerce, digital advertising and the gig-economy, to only name a few, rely heavily on the processing of personal data, providing organizations with a thorough understanding of their users’ behaviors and preferences, and allowing them to offer more personalized and convenient services. For many individuals however, privacy has become a mounting concern as new digital technologies and data-based business models are continuing to proliferate in their lives while cases of misuse and abuse of personal data keep making the headlines.

This session will discuss how individuals’ confidence in digital technologies can be rebuilt and explore the provisions a possible federal law should have so that consumers and citizens are able to make informed decisions, understand the true value of their data and continue to benefit from data-driven and personalized solutions, without compromising their privacy rights. It will examine the circumstances under which personal data can be legitimately used by organizations to improve their offerings and address the privacy vs personalization dichotomy. Speakers will also explore the latest data privacy and security tech solutions that have emerged to defend against the misuse or unauthorized use of data and improve transparency.

  • What does ‘giving individual more control over their data’ concretely entail? Could users achieve greater levels of empowerment if their data was treated as a legal asset (or property right)? What would the implications be for individuals, private and public sector organizations?
  • How can organizations find innovative ways to gain insights from personal data and use these insights to improve products, services and offerings in legal and ethical ways? Can the balance be found between data privacy, data monetization and trust? Can personalization and data privacy truly co-exist?
  • What role for privacy engineering? How can digital technologies be part of the solution? To what extent can software and hardware developers design privacy-friendly products while also adapting to consumers changing needs and evolving perception of what privacy is? Which methods of personalization are being adopted by brands and organizations to encourage consumers to opt-in to data sharing and to develop stronger and smarter relationships with them?
  • What would a federal data protection law mean for the future shape of the innovative US digital landscape? To what extent can a data privacy federal regime be implemented so that it covers the changing nature of data and address the data privacy/personalization dichotomy?
  • With the real impact of any data privacy law that may be created depending on the extent to which people exercise their rights, how can it be ensured that enough budget is allocated to public education on these issues?
14:40 - 15:00
Coffee & Networking break
15:00 - 16:00
Session 4: Fueling AI with data: addressing the privacy challenges

Data is often described as the lifeblood of AI and machine learning. As AI systems are set to become omnipresent in our lives, it is crucial that these systems are properly trained and that the data privacy challenges implied are appropriately addressed, in order to fully maximize the socio-economic benefits that AI can deliver by turning data into actionable insights.

This session will discuss the need for a framework that ensures that developments around AI are framed by ethical and privacy principles and analyze how all stakeholders involved can work together to find a balance between maximizing the huge benefits of algorithmic decision-making without compromising privacy.

  • What future possibilities may emerge if the power AI is fostered appropriately, and how can new business models be built on this?
  • How can it be ensured that regulations regarding data don’t make it more difficult for companies to gather data to train AI systems? How can it be guaranteed that personal and sensitive data isn’t used in the wrong context which could potentially lead to harmful outcomes for the data subject? How can algorithmic accountability be concretely enforced?
  • What new privacy concerns relating to the interdependence between AI, IoT and 5G have emerged and what are the technological solutions to address these? What policy initiatives have emerged?
16:00 - 17:00
Session 5: Data Access for law enforcement: what it means for privacy and fundamental rights

While access to data and ‘electronic evidence’ is deemed vital to accelerate and facilitate efficient detection and investigation of crimes as well as prosecution of offenders, strong data protection safeguards in the context of law enforcement are however equally crucial to guarantee respect for the rule of law, privacy, and civil liberties and to ensure citizens’ trust.

This session will debate how the right balance can be found between the need for law enforcement authorities to access some personal data on occasion and the need to protect citizens’ privacy, civil liberties and fundamental rights against abuses. It will discuss the opportunities and challenges brought by the uses of intelligent tech for the detection and investigation of criminal activities. Speakers will examine best practices that have been identified for the promotion of privacy protection and transparency in connection with law enforcement activities.  They will also explore how cooperation between law enforcement agencies, the judiciary and other stakeholders can concretely be enhanced, both at US level and with international partners, while supporting individuals’ fundamental rights.

  • How can the balance be found between companies having to guarantee data security, privacy to preserve their users’ trust and the ability for law enforcement agencies to monitor and track criminal activities when security concerns arise? How can organizations best engage with law enforcement effectively and how can cross-sector cooperation be enhanced in this area?
  • What existing tools are available to law enforcement agencies for cyber and data forensics?
  • What opportunities and challenges do the emergence of technologies enabling the collection, analysis and use of biometrics information for investigations bring, and what is being concretely done to address these challenges?
  • On facial recognition specifically, should specific rules be established for protecting privacy using facial scanning applications, [as proposed by Carlyle (Nov 19)] in the context of law enforcement? To what extent should private companies that process facial recognition data be obligated to make their software available for third-party testing, to avoid the emergence of patterns of bias? What should accountability look like for private companies, government and law enforcement agencies using the technology?
  • As police agencies worldwide face difficulties investigating crime when the data is stored in other countries, to what extent can international law enforcement cooperation through data and information exchanges be enhanced? How effective have initiatives such as the US-UK Data Access Agreement proven so far and where have the negotiations on an EU-U.S. agreement to facilitate access to electronic evidence in criminal investigations led?


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The full program will be released shortly.  If you are interested in speaking , sponsorship and visibility opportunities at the 2nd Data Privacy USA Conference, please contact Anne-Lise Simon on dataprivacyusa@forum-europe.com / +44 (0) 2920 783 070

Sponsors & Partners

Sponsorship opportunities

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To discuss sponsorship and visibility opportunities at the 2020 Data Privacy Conference USA, please contact Anne-Lise Simon on dataprivacyusa@forum-europe.com / +44 (0) 2920 783 023

  • Exclusive speaking positions | Your organisation can contribute to the discussion on the ‘main stage’
  • Engaging and Interactive format | Engage in a fully immersive and interactive debate with decision makers, businesses and policymakers
  • European and global outreach | Convey your message to a broad and international audience
  • Networking opportunities | The event will feature virtual networking for all interested participants. Private meeting rooms can also be booked
  • Visibility Opportunities | Ensure maximum visibility through branding on the event website and marketing activities
  • Exhibition and demos area | Showcase your products and solutions or share a position paper with the audience via a digital exhibition booth in the expo area

Exclusive speaking positions | Your organisation can contribute to the discussion on the ‘main stage’

Engaging and Interactive format | Engage in a fully immersive and interactive debate with decision makers, businesses and policymakers

US and global outreach | Convey your message to a broad and international audience

Networking opportunities | The event will feature virtual networking for all interested participants. Private meeting rooms can also be booked.

Visibility Opportunities | Ensure maximum visibility through branding on the event website and marketing activities

Exhibition and demos area | Showcase your products and solutions or share a position paper with the audience via a digital exhibition booth in the expo area

Event Platform:

This event will be taking place using Forum Global’s virtual solution – Forum Vision. For more details on our virtual solution, please visit forum-vision.com.


For more information on any aspect of this event, please contact Anne-Lise Simon using any of the details below.

Anne-Lise Simon
Director | Head of Event Planning & Coordination
Forum Global
Tel: +44 (0) 2920 783 023