Event Report: FPF Side Event and Workshop on Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PETs) at the 2022 Global Privacy Assembly (GPA)

The 2022 Global Privacy Assembly (GPA) – which brings together most global data protection authorities (DPAs) every year since 1979, to share knowledge and establish common priorities among regulators – took place between October 25 and 28, in Istanbul (Türkiye). The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) was invited by the organizers of the GPA (the Turkish DPA) to host a two-part side event during the GPA’s Open Session (on October 25 and 26), in addition to a capacity building workshop for regulators during the Closed Session (on October 28).

These sessions covered the topic of Privacy Enhancing Technologies from three different approaches:

The regulators’ take: PETs are promising, but no silver bullet. The first part of the FPF Side Event offered the regulators’ perspective, and was titled ‘Regulatory Views on the Role and Effectiveness of PETs’. The session was moderated by Limor Schmerling Magazanik, Director of the FPF-affiliated Israel Tech Policy Institute (ITPI), and counted on the contributions of Rebecca Kelly Slaughter (Commissioner at the US Federal Trade Commission, or ‘FTC’), Tobias Judin (Head of the International Department of the Norwegian DPA, the ‘Datatilsynet’), Gilad Semama (Privacy Commissioner of Israel), and Vitelio Ruiz Bernal (Director of Supervision at the Mexican DPA, the ‘INAI’).The view of practitioners: a call for regulatory clarity and predictability. The second part of the Side Event was entitled ‘Lessons Learned from Implementing PETs’, and saw various privacy leaders from the industry share their experiences of leveraging PETs in their compliance efforts. The panel was moderated

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