Upon invitation of the board directors of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and in the frame of the 51st Meeting of the Executive Committee of the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners (ICDPPC), the Commissioner, Mr. Besnik Dervishi, participated in a number of activities in Washington DC.

The agenda of the events included the participation in the Global Privacy Summit at the “Washington Convention Center” with the participation of over 4000 sector professionals. Topics of this summit ranged from responsibility and accountability of organizations, data protection officers, privacy and data protection, spatial communications, privacy and higher education or media, protection of employee’s privacy according to the GDPR, facial comparison, as well as meetings and exchanges between privacy professionals and many different panels and workshops.

A full day was devoted to meetings between world leading data protection authorities with senior US officials, starting from a White House series of meetings with Abigail Slater, US Special Representative for Technology, Telecommunication and Cyber Policies; US government officials; White House Data Protection Officer, etc. Moreover, meetings continued with members of Congressional staff currently working on federal privacy legislation and California state politicians, including Alastair Mactaggart, who initiated the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), Federal Trade Commissioner, Noah Phillips, as well as meetings with major US and international civil society organizations and privacy watch-dogs, including the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF), the IAPP Board of Directors, and others.

In photo: Mr. Noah Phillips, Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission and Mr. Besnik Dervishi

In addition, n the capacity of member of the Executive Committee of the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners (ICDPPC), Mr Dervishi attended the 51st meeting of this body. Commissioner Dervishi informed ExCo members on the current state of play of the planning of the 41st International Conference in Tirana in October 2019, and jointly with Mr. Peter Hustinx of the ICO, lead a meeting of the Programme Advisory Committee (PAC), in the capacity of Co-Chair to the Committee.

Finally, Mr. Dervishi was invited to several other meetings such as with Mr. Marc Rotenberg, President of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), and Stan Crosley from Crosley Law Offices, co-chair of the Indiana University’s “Law Center, Ethics and Applied Research” (CLEAR).