On November 2-3, 2011, Mexico’s Federal Institute for Access to Information and Data Protection (“IFAI”) will host the 33rd International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners in Mexico City. Marty Abrams, President of the Centre for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton & Williams LLP, is the chairman of the Conference’s advisory panel and principal advisor to Conference organizers on program content. Hunton & Williams is a proud sponsor of the event which will feature Hunton representatives as speakers or moderators on multiple panels and plenary sessions, including the following:

Big Data – Databases and Technology in the New Economic Era
November 2, 2011, 9:25 a.m.
Keynote Speaker: Kenneth Neil Cukier, Correspondent for The Economist
Moderator: Richard Thomas, Global Strategy Advisor to the Centre for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton & Williams
Speakers: Peter Cullen, Chief Privacy Strategist, Microsoft; Gus Hosien, Policy Director, Privacy International; Jacob Kohnstamm, Head of the Article 29 Working Group; Christian Pardieu, European Privacy Officer, GE; Maria Carolina Pardo, Partner, Baker & McKenzie Colombia S.A.; Joel Reidenberg, Founding Academic Director of the Center on Law and Information Policy at Fordham University School of Law; Peter Schaar, German Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information; Marie Shroff, Privacy Commissioner of New Zealand; David Vladeck, Director of the FTC’s Division of Consumer Protection

The Factors Driving New Data Protection Laws
November 2, 2011, 4:20 p.m.
Keynote Speaker: Professor Zhou Hanhua, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
Moderator: Scott Taylor, Vice President and Chief Privacy Officer, Hewlett-Packard
Speakers: Marty Abrams, President of the Centre for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton & Williams LLP; Luis Felipe Torres Bohorquez, Director of Economic Regulation, Colombian Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism; Jose Clastornik, Director, Uruguayan Regulatory Control Unit for Personal Data; Simon Davies, Director, Privacy International; Gary Davis, Deputy Data Protection Commissioner of Ireland; Maria Marvan, Commissioner, IFAI; Hiroshi Miyashita, Associate Professor of Law, Surugadai University, and Advisor to the Japanese Consumer Affairs Bureau’s Office of Personal Information Protection; Jesús Rubí, Deputy Director of the Spanish Data Protection Agency; Jean-Philippe Walter, Deputy Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner of Switzerland

Security Risks in the Modern World
November 3, 2011, 9:15 a.m.
Keynote Speaker: Leigh Williams, Director of Critical Infrastructure Protection and Compliance Policy, U.S. Department of the Treasury
Moderator: Joanne McNabb, Chief, California Office of Privacy Protection
Speakers: Christopher Graham, UK Information Commissioner; Yoram Hacohen, Head of the Israeli Law, Information and Technology Authority; Timothy Pilgrim, Privacy Commissioner of Australia; Lisa Sotto, Partner and Head of the Privacy and Data Security Practice at Hunton & Williams LLP; Emily Stapf, Forensic Technology Solutions Director at PwC

Mechanisms Organizations Use to Identify and Mitigate Risks to Individuals
November 3, 2011, 2:00 p.m.
Moderator: Paula Bruening, former Vice President of the Centre for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton & Williams LLP
Speakers: Reijo Aarnio, Data Protection Ombudsman of Finland; Mikko Niva, Global Privacy Counsel, Nokia Corporation; Florian Thoma, Corporate Data Protection Officer, Siemens AG; Hillary Wandall, Chief Privacy Officer, Merck & Co., Inc.; Justin Weiss, Senior Director, International Privacy and Policy, Yahoo!

We will be posting news and updates from the Conference later this week.