CIPL Quarterly Reports
Message from President Bojana Bellamy
I hope you are all keeping safe and well despite the disruption that the COVID-19 crisis has caused to everyone’s lives both personally and professionally. I am sure that each one of you is working hard to navigate the many difficult privacy and data protection questions that COVID-19 has dropped into our lives. The fight against COVID-19 certainly highlights more than ever the value of personal data and the importance of organizational accountability as an enabler of both effective privacy and innovative data uses. In these challenging times, we must redouble our efforts to find ways to efficiently and accountably unlock the potential of data—not only to help fight the current pandemic, but also to prepare for the post-COVID world in which the need and demand for data for beneficial purposes likely will not diminish. I know that all of you are facing difficult decisions related to the privacy/data use trade off in your respective organizations, and we at CIPL are committed to supporting you.
Even though COVID-19 has disrupted our normal way of working too, CIPL’s work continues and is now augmented by the many examples and questions COVID is putting forward for data use and protection. In effect, the COVID-19 crisis has become a case study for many of the policies we have been discussing and advocating for over the past years. As we continue to work digitally, I would like to highlight some of the key CIPL work streams and deliverables over the first three months of 2020. At the start of the year, we organized an industry-only workshop in Brussels on shaping a European approach to AI based on a layered approach that leverages the GDPR as an AI enabler and accountable AI practices, which formed the basis of our response to the EU Commission. We also issued the second report under our broader Accountable AI project which dives deeper into some of the hardest challenges of AI and data protection and puts forward concrete approaches to address them. As part of our Accountability work, we organized a joint roundtable in London alongside the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) on the ICO's Accountability Toolkit, and held the first of a series of webinars under our joint project with the Centro de Estudos de Direito, Internet e Sociedade of Instituto Brasiliense de Direito Público (CEDIS-IDP) on Effective Implementation & Regulation under the New Brazilian Data Protection Law (LGPD).
I hope you and your loved ones are well and safe, and while I miss seeing you all in person, I look forward to the next opportunity to hear from you at one of our many virtual meetings.
Highlights from the January - March 2020 Quarterly Report include: