Please note, that the programme may be subject to changes and updates.Click on the day to view the full schedule. Registration will close on 15 October.

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21 October
Closed Session - Welcome cocktail
Brussels Town Hall. Hôtel de Ville de Bruxelles
22 October

For ICDPPC accredited members and observers only

Closed session day 1 - Welcome and opening
Governance matters
Future of the Conference, recommendations and scenarios
Networking break
Future of the Conference, the way forward
Lunch break
Ethics and data protection in artificial intelligence
Networking break
Address By Prof. Joseph Cannataci, UN Special rapporteur on the right to Privacy
Update from the Ibero-American Network
Evening Social event and ICDPPC 2018 Awards ceremony
23 October
Closed session day 2 - Report back and future plans from Working Groups

For ICDPPC accredited members and observers only

ICDPPC Resolutions and Declarations: presentations, discussions and votes
Networking break
ICDPPC Executive Committee elections
Announcement of the 2020 Conference host
Presentation of the 2019 Conference in Tirana, Albania
Closing remarks
Side events
Brussels, European District
Magritte Museum

“An Evening in Brussels” is the theme for this gathering offered by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), in conjunction with the conference hosts. Attendees will be treated to a delectable sampling of Belgian cuisine, including hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, beers from local breweries, and the country’s world-famous chocolate. Guests will enjoy an eclectic mix of the region’s most popular music as they mingle and tour the museum’s outstanding collection of works by renowned Belgian surrealist René Magritte.

24 October
Security checks and registration
European Parliament
Public Session Day 1 - Welcome coffee
European Parliament
‘Is technology designed to serve humankind’?
European Parliament Hemicycle

Maria Farrell, Writer

An overview of how digital technology has brought us to where we are now and insights into where we might be heading.  From AI to quantum computing, from blockchain to facial recognition, from virtual/augmented reality to deep fakes, what are the biggest tech trends over the next 20 years and how will they change our lives?


Beyond compliance: Why digital Ethics?
European Parliament Hemicycle

Giovanni Buttarelli, European Data Protection Supervisor

The Supervisor will welcome participants to the conference and set out the strategic importance of defining a truly global digital ethics to the future of data protection, privacy and respect for individuals and groups in the decades to come.

Welcome address from the EU
European Parliament, Hemicycle
Keynote address from Tim Cook, CEO, Apple Inc
European Parliament Hemicycle
Conference photo
Coffee Break
Right versus Wrong
European Parliament Hemicycle

The second session plunges into ethics, pure and applied. How does ethics interact with the law? How has it materialised in fields like the life sciences and what role does it play in resolving public policy dilemmas?

Keynote address from Sir Tim Berners-Lee on ethics and the Internet
European Parliament Hemicycle
Opening presentation: What is ethics?
European Parliament Hemicycle

Anita Allen, Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania

What is the role of ethics in human society? How has it evolved over time?  What are the origins of autonomy, dignity and respect in different cultures? Who defines ethics and whose interests does it serve? What is the relationship between ethics and law?

European Parliament Hemicycle

A panel of renowned ethicists and scholars will expand the topic of ethics in regards to the notions of human dignity, economic interests, work relations, scientific progress, healthcare as well as the interaction between humans and machines.

European Parliament, opposite the Hemicycle

The European Data Protection Supervisor, Giovanni Buttarelli, would like to invite you to a press conference during the 2018 International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners (ICDPPC) in Brussels.

Summing up the discussion
European Parliament Hemicycle
Lunch Break
Message from His Majesty the King of Spain Felipe VI
The Digital Dividend
European Parliament Hemicycle

The third session will explore the application of technology and the values and rights which are at stake for individuals and human interaction, society and the state, with a special emphasis on children and the most vulnerable. In particular, the CEOs of two of the world biggest tech companies will discuss accountability and how products can be developed ethically.

Data-driven technology: Who benefits? Who doesn't? Is technology still serving humankind?
European Parliament Hemicycle

Opening presentations:

  • Jagdish Singh Khehar, former Chief Justice of India
Video message from Mark Zuckerberg, CEO, Facebook

Followed by a Q&A with Erin Egan, Vice President Facebook

European Parliament Hemicycle

For this part we have assembled a stellar cast of diverse experts to address some of the most pressing questions of how digital technology is changing the way we behave and interact.

Video interview with Guido Raimondi, President of the European Court of Human Rights
European Parliament Hemicycle
Video message from Sundar Pichai, CEO, Google

followed by a Q&A with Kent Walker, Senior Vice President Google

European Parliament Hemicycle

The second part of the discussion will go beyond ‘micro’ relationships between individuals and in families and communities, and explore the impact of rapidly evolving technology on society and the economy as a whole. Do we need ethics in a digital world? Does digital technology strengthen or weaken civic freedom and harmony? How has technology empowered consumers? What are the biggest risks to the arts, the free press and local communities? How may they be exacerbated by concentrated markets? How do notions of harmony, morality and trust combine with big data and AI to justify surveillance and behavioural control? What techniques are available to people to seize back control over their online selves?

Summary of the day
Live video message from Jaron Lanier

Author of "You Are Not a Gadget", "Who Owns the Future" and "Dawn of the New Everything"

Gala dinner
25 October
Security checks and registration
European Parliament
Public Session Day 2 - Welcome coffee
European Parliament
European Parliament, open space in close proximity to the Hemicycle

As the conference's interactive session, the Creative Café will explore "How to move towards Digital Ethics", involving specially invited knowledge holders from academia, regulators, civil society and the private sector, joined by 25 additional participants from the audience. It will be a moment of active collaboration, of collective intelligence, a generative laboratory, the conference's think tank.

Towards a Digital Ethics
European Parliament Hemicycle

Day two and the fourth session brings data protection into the debate. What does ‘data protection beyond compliance’ mean, who is entitled to speak about it and take action? What should be the role of DPAs, and what intended and unintended consequences could digital ethics frameworks have?

Opening address from Věra Jourová, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality

Address by Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, President of CNIL, Chair of ICDPPC Executive Committee

European Parliament Hemicycle

Privacy commissioners, one from each continent, together with several esteemed experts from government, civil society and industry, will consider their role in the governance of digital ethics.

Coffee break
European Parliament Hemicycle

The final session will bring the themes together and attempt to draw conclusions on what needs to be done. It will also include a presentation of the deliberations of the ‘Creative Room’.

European Parliament Hemicycle


  • Pam Dixon, World Privacy Forum
  • Elonnai Hickok, Chief Operating Officer, Centre for Internet and Society India
  • Wojciech Wiewiorowski, Assistant Supervisor at the EDPS
  • Jules Polonetsky, Chief Executive Officer, Future of Privacy Forum
  • Christopher Kuner, Director, Brussels Privacy Hub
Concluding remarks by Giovanni BUTTARELLI

Close of the conference

European Parliament
Side events
Brussels, European District

by invitation only

26 October
Discover Belgium
Antwerp, Bruges and Ghent

Guided tours of the beautiful cities of Bruges or Ghent with coach departure from Brussels.

Coach pick-up point to be confirmed at a later date.

Book directly with Bravo Discovery selecting the 'Day trip to Antwerp', ‘Day trip to Bruges’ or ‘Day trip to Ghent’ option and quoting the reference ‘Forum Europe’.