Next ICDPPC conference to be held in Albania

By Jonathan Nally
Thursday, 07 February, 2019

Next ICDPPC conference to be held in Albania

The International Conference of Data Protection & Privacy Commissioners (ICDPPC) will hold its next international meeting from 21–24 October 2019 in Albania. The conference will have a closed session (only for accredited members and observers) as well as a public conference.

The ICDPPC first met in 1979 and has been the premier global forum for data protection authorities for nearly four decades.

The organisation seeks to provide leadership at an international level in data protection and privacy. It does this by connecting the efforts of 122 privacy and data protection authorities from across the globe.

In her December 2018 update, Elizabeth Denham, Chair of the ICDPPC Executive Committee, said that “2018 has been a pivotal year for the ICDPPC community, both in terms of determining our own identity and way forward, and in establishing our place on the international stage, with data protection at the heart of so many policy debates”.

On 23 October 2018, the ICDPPC adopted its Declaration on Ethics and Data Protection in Artificial Intelligence. The text is open for public consultation and all interested stakeholders are invited to contribute.

The Declaration endorses six guiding principles, as “core values to preserve human rights in the development of artificial intelligence”. These principles build upon data protection elements, but also “expand to ethical considerations which are inextricably linked to the development of artificial intelligence”.

The Declaration also calls for common governance principles on AI to be established at an international level. Such common governance “must be able to tackle the challenges raised by the rapid evolutions of artificial intelligence technologies, on the basis of a multi-stakeholder approach in order to address all cross-sectoral issues at stake”.

The ICDPPC is seeking feedback from all interested stakeholders on the adopted text. Submissions are open until 15 February 2019.

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