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Privacy capital in the capital

I write these notes as the IAPP Privacy Academy 2009 winds down in one of America’s greatest intellectual capitals—Boston.

The mental muscle in this town seethes from its streets and teems from its towers. It has been a fantastic setting for those assembled to take on some of today’s most profound (and prickly) privacy topics.

This was our ninth and largest-ever Privacy Academy in terms of programming (attendees chose from more than 50 breakout and networking sessions). And we saw a greater than 20 percent jump in attendance from 2008. The expansion is yet another reflection of our ever-growing field; there are more data privacy topics today than ever before.

The expansion also reflects the expertise and enthusiasm of the event chairs and the IAPP Education Advisory Board, all volunteer members, who commit to bringing the best possible education and networking to our events. It is a critical role that these members play, one that has helped us consistently improve our conference offerings over the past decade. Their work has already begun for our global event in March.

Far from Boston but on the minds of many, privacy experts in Tel Aviv are watching closely a controversial biometrics bill that Israel’s Knesset will consider this fall. In this month’s edition of the Privacy Advisor, attorney Steven Bennett sheds light on how Israel’s unique history and traditions have shaped attitudes toward privacy in that nation, and takes the pulse of modern Israelis on recent developments.

Also this month we examine an issue about which many employers in this social media era need more information. Ann Bevitt of the London office of Morrison & Foerster explores the different approaches various European and Asia-Pacific countries take toward regulating employees’ off-duty conduct.

As always, I hope you find the articles in this issue useful to your work in the profession.

J. Trevor Hughes, CIPP
Executive Director, IAPP

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