Privacy Symposium, April 17-21, 2023, Venice

April 17th - 21st




Venice, Italy

International Dialogue on Data Protection

The EFDPO is a pround member of the Organizing Committee of this international conference. It offers 133 sessions with over 200 top level speakers and data protection authorities, including international organizations, European authorities, and national data protection authorities, as well as experts in innovative technologies. We would like to draw your special attention to our EFDPO panel on Wednesday, April 19 at 9:00 am. Under the title “The Future of DPOs”, representatives of EFDPO and the supervisory authorities will discuss influences and developments that will affect our profession and which qualifications will become more important in this context.

EFDPO Networking Event – Registration Is Closed

On the same day as the EFDPO panel we invite all participants of the Privacy Symposium to a networking event at Bakarò on Campo Santa Margherita. Join us for an aperitivo with drinks and finger food and get to know other participants of the Privacy Symposium. The reception is free, but only a limited numer of people can attend. Registration is no longer possible as maximum capacity has been reached. 

When: Wednesday, April 19, 2023
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Where: Bakarò

Sestiere Dorsoduro, 3662, 30123 Venezia VE, Italien
(Campo Santa Margherita)

EFDPO Panels & Registration

Monday, April 17, 11:00 a.m.
Education and Capacity Building for Privacy Professionals – Research and Innovation Track
Moderator: Pierre-Yves Lastic, Secretary General of the European Federation of Data Protection Officers
Ursula Sury, Vice President Data Privacy Community Switzerland
and others

Monday, April 17, 16:30 p.m.
Open discussion on governance, key challenges and recommendations – Health and Medical Data Compliance Track
Pierre-Yves Lastic, Secretary General of the European Federation of Data Protection Officers
and others

Wednesday, April 19th, 09:00 a.m.

The Future of DPOs – Data Protection in PracticeTrack

Moderator: Pierre-Yves Lastic, Secretary General of the European Federation of Data Protection Officers
Thomas Spaeing, Chairman of the German Association of Data Protection Officers, Chairman of the Board
Judith Leschanz, Chairwoman of
and others


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Are you a member of an EFDPO member association? If so, please contact your association for a promo code to receive a 10% discount on the registration fee.

EFDPO Speakers at the Privacy Symposium 2023

Thomas Spaeing has been the Chairman of the German Association of Data Protection Officers (BvD) since 2008 and a member of the board of the Association of Independent Professionals (BFB) since 2015. He is also the President of the European Federation of Data Protection Officers (EFDPO) since 2019, which is the European umbrella organization of national professional DPO associations. As the owner of ds2-Unternehmensberatung, he provides data protection advice to banks, institutions and companies, particularly international corporate groups, across various industries. Thomas has a background in Mechanical Engineering and Business Engineering. He completed an internship in Los Angeles as a student worker in the automotive industry and later became certified as a data protection consultant and auditor. Before starting his own company, he held various management positions in the engineering and automotive industries.

Pierre-Yves Lastic is Secretary General of the European Federation of Data Protection Officers (EFDPO). Pierre-Yves has nearly 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry in several management functions including Data Management, Statistics, Clinical Trials Management, Electronic Regulatory Submissions, Information Management and 17 years in Privacy and Personal Data Protection. From 2005 on he was Sanofi’s R&D Privacy Offcer and in 2013 he became Sanofi’s fist Chief Privacy Officer and built-up Sanofi’s Global Privacy Office. Beside his function within Sanofi, he was a member of the Board of Directors of the Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium (CDISC) from 2004 to 2016, and Chairman of the Board in 2014-2015. As a data standards and privacy expert, was a member of the EudraVigilance Expert Working Group as well as the Telematics Implementation Group of the European Medicines Agency (EMA). From 2005 to 2019 Dr Lastic was also a member of the Board of Directors of the International Pharmaceutical & Medical devices Privacy Consortium (IPMPC). Pierre-Yves studied Biology, Languages and Computer Sciences in France and Germany, and holds a PhD in Biology from Bayreuth University.

Judith Leschanz ( EFDPO Austria

Mag. Judith Leschanz is Chairwoman of the Board of the Association of Austrian Data Protection Officers She is Managing Director of SECUR-DATA Betriebsberatungs-Ges.m.b.H; at the DATA PROTECTION UNIT of A1 Telekom Austria (or before that at mobilkom austria), she held various management positions in Austria and abroad; as Group Data Officer, she is responsible for the international orientation at A1.

Ursula Sury is Vice President of the EFDPO member “Data Privacy Community” from Switzerland and since 2016 Vice Director of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts – Computer Science in Rotkreuz and Head of Continuing Education.

As President of the Board of Directors and Managing Director, she runs “Die Advokatur Sury AG” in which she also practices as an attorney. Ursula Sury teaches at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts as a professor for information technology law, data protection law and copyright law. She is also a lecturer at various universities in the field of data protection, IT law and governance. Between 2010 and 2014, she was the Data Protection and Public Information Commissioner of the Canton of Valais. From 2015 to 2018, she was vice president in the Association suisse de la sécurité de l’information (Clusis) of the Suisse alémanique section. She has also been a subject matter expert for data protection audits for the Swiss Association for Quality and Management Systems (SQS) since 2012.

Congress Venues

Ca’ Dolfin

Dorsoduro 3825/e
Venice, Italy

Scuola Grande di San Rocco

San Polo 3052
Venice, Italy

University Ca’ Foscari

Dorsoduro 3246
Venice, Italy

Santa Margherita

Dorsoduro 3689
Venice, Italy

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