June has been a busy month at PrivCom with huge focus on international engagement to position Bermuda as a valued voice in global data privacy and protection and an ideal jurisdiction for innovation & opportunity. Privacy Commissioner, Alexander White, represented the island at the below events:
10th June 2022: RightsCon 2022
Commissioner White hosted and
moderated a virtual panel at RightsCon, the world’s leading summit on human rights in the digital age. The session, titled “Get up, stand up: building new data rights regimes in the greater Caribbean,” covered the recent explosion in countries passing privacy, data protection, and access to information laws in the region. Data protection and access to information authorities and an academic practitioner discussed the progress and challenges in creating these new frameworks.
Speakers included Bermuda's Information Commissioner Gitanjali
Gutierrez, Barbados Data Protection Commissioner Lisa Greaves, and Dr University of the West Indies Data Protection Officer Dr. Patrick Anglin.
13th-15th June 2022: Future of Privacy Forum Advisory Board
From 2020, Commissioner White has served on the Advisory Board of the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF), a prominent non-profit organisation that brings together industry, academics, consumer advocates, and other thought leaders to explore the challenges posed by technological innovation and develop privacy protections, ethical norms, and workable business practices privacy leadership and scholarship, advancing principled data practices in support of emerging technologies. FPF invited Commissioner White to attend the annual Advisory Board meeting to participate in keynotes and breakout sessions from large and small technology companies, academia, and civil society.
22nd June 2022: Centre for Information Policy Leadership (CIPL)
Commissioner White participated in a panel discussion hosted by the Centre for Information Policy Leadership (CIPL), a global privacy and data policy think tank based in Washington, DC, Brussels, and London that works with industry leaders, regulatory authorities and policy makers to develop global solutions and best practices for privacy and responsible use of data. Alongside representatives from the US Department of Commerce, Dubai International Financial Centre, Apple, Cisco, and HP, Commissioner White discussed the issues and opportunities surrounding international data flows as well as the new Global Cross-Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) Forum that is currently accepting applicant countries.
27th-30th June 2022: Sedona Conference
The Sedona Conference, a non-profit research and educational institute dedicated to the advanced study of law and policy in the areas of antitrust law, complex litigation, intellectual property rights, and data security and privacy law, invited Commissioner White to serve as co-chair of the 13th Annual Sedona Conference International Programme on Cross-Border Data Transfers and Data Protection Laws. Commissioner White selected programme faculty and topics, and served as a moderator and discussion leader during the event.