if you are interested in privacy, pay attention to IAPP and attend the conferences. Don’t write off the pre-conferences. They are powerful, informative, valuable sessions well worth your time and money. Read further to learn more.
In the first post to this series, I discussed the location, venue, attendees, and opening session of the IAPP Global Privacy Summit 2015. In this post, I will briefly discuss the pre-conference workshops.
The IAPP designates the day before its summit as the “pre-conference” day. I was honored and delighted to participate in the pre-conference this year, so I cannot speak directly to the content and quality of this year’s workshops – but I have attended some previous pre-conference workshops of the same topics. And some I have not.
In addition to workshops, the pre-conference day includes training sessions for the IAPP certifications, several KnowledgeNet meet-ups, and various networking events – such as peer-to-peer roundtables, young professionals, and 5-minute mixers.
In general, the workshops all seem highly relevant to privacy professionals and seem to contain valuable information. The IAPP does charge extra to attend the pre-conferences, but every year, there are quite a number of people who attend.
Half-day morning workshops: There were three workshops presented on Wednesday from 9 am to 1 pm:
– the Data Breach Notification Bootcamp,
– the EU Privacy Bootcamp, and
– Piecing Together the Privacy Engineering Puzzle.
Half-day afternoon workshops: there were three sessions presented on Wednesday afternoon from 2 pm – 6 pm:
– Globalizing Your Privacy Program: The Hot Buttons,
– Healthcare Privacy—Diagnosis vs. Prognosis of Hot-button Topics in Healthcare, and
– Privacy Bootcamp.
And last, there is one full day workshop, Privacy in the Cloud with a Silver Lining. Cloud services are always a controversial topic for privacy professionals, so it was likely a packed house.
I apologize that I cannot give you summaries of the sessions nor true feedback on their value. The purpose was to give you an overview on the offerings and some insight into whether attending the IAPP’s pre-conference workshops is valuable.