A Fireside Reunion: Data Protection at a Time of Uncertainty


  • Omer Tene


  • Julie Brill
  • Helen Dixon
  • Bruno Gencarelli

Organisation: IAPP

Room: Grand Hall Online

Timing: 17:15 - 18:30 on 29 January 2021

2020. Even just the name of the last year sends shivers down our spine. A global pandemic. Unprecedented political upheaval. Economic carnage. A fast warming planet. How do privacy and data protection fit into a dense and tumultuous policy agenda? The past year has brought to the fore issues such as access to data to mitigate a pandemic; global data transfers pursuant to Schrems II; new privacy laws in Brazil and California; and rapid developments in China and India. How do experts see the state of data protection at the start of 2021? What will be the issues and challenges, enforcement priorities and legislative initiatives for the coming year? Are global powers on a collision course or is a grand bargain within reach on surveillance, privacy and data protection?

• What is on the top of data protection agendas?
• What are some of the learnings from a year of privacy in a pandemic?
• What is the future of global data flows?
• What can we expect from enforcement in the EU, US and emerging data protection regimes?


Omer Tene

International Association of Privacy Professionals IAPP (US)

Omer Tene is Vice President of Research and Education at the International Association of Privacy Professionals. He is Managing Director of Tene & Associates and Deputy Dean of the College of Management School of Law, Rishon Le Zion, Israel (on a leave of absence). He is an Affiliate Scholar at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society; and a Senior Fellow at the Future of Privacy Forum.


Julie Brill

Microsoft Corporation (US)

Julie Brill leads Microsoft’s global efforts to elevate privacy as a fundamental human right. Julie serves as a global authority concerning privacy; internet governance; telecommunications; accessibility; and corporate standards. Prior to coming to Microsoft, Julie served as a Commissioner of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), where she worked on issues of critical importance to consumers, including privacy, antitrust, fair advertising practices, and fighting financial fraud. While at the FTC, Julie was named “the Commission’s most important voice on Internet privacy and data security issues” and was most recently named a Top Data Privacy Influencer of 2020, among other honors.

Helen Dixon

Data Protection Commissioner for Ireland (IE)

Helen Dixon was appointed as Data Protection Commissioner for Ireland in September 2014. She had previously held the role of Irish Registrar of Companies from November 2009. Prior to that, she held senior civil service roles in the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation in the areas of economic migration policy and, formerly, science, technology and innovation policy.
She spent the first ten years of her career in the IT industry, working for two US multinationals with EMEA bases in Dublin.

Bruno Gencarelli

DG Just (EU)

Mr Gencarelli is deputy to the Director for Fundamentals rights and rule of law as well as heads the International data flows and protection Unit at the European. He was in charge of the Commission's work in the area of data protection in the decisive phases of the legislative reform of EU data protection law and the EU-US negotiations on transatlantic data flows in the commercial and law enforcement areas. He also led the negotiations on the EU-Japan mutual adequacy arrangement creating the world’s largest area of free and safe data flows. He recently co-led for the Commission the negotiations with the UK on all aspects relating to justice and consumers in the context of Brexit