Bermuda To Host 2023 Global Privacy Summit

September 24, 2021 | 0 Comments

The Global Privacy Assembly [GPA] has selected Bermuda as the site to host its 2023 summit, with the event to “provide an opportunity for regulators and policy-makers to meet in person and set the agenda for global technology and data issues.”

A spokesperson said, “The Global Privacy Assembly has selected Bermuda as the site to host its 2023 summit. Privacy Commissioner Alexander White will join the conference’s Executive Committee to plan and coordinate the gathering, which looks to place Bermuda squarely at the centre of the tech world.

“This week-long event, to be held in late October 2023, will provide an opportunity for regulators and policy-makers to meet in person and set the agenda for global technology and data issues.

“In addition to the GPA’s deliberative sessions, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner will organise general admission sessions and side events hosted by the world’s technology and tech policy leaders. While the Bermuda keynote speakers have yet to be decided, recent summits have included entrepreneurs and chief executives from the largest tech companies in the world, such as Microsoft and Apple.

“The GPA includes privacy and data protection watchdogs from over 130 countries, and previous iterations of the event have attracted 700 – 1500 attendees. In addition to the scheduling of formal events, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner will work with local vendors and partners to organise dining, shopping, cultural, and recreational activities for attendees and their families.”

The GPA Secretariat said, “The Executive Committee was particularly impressed with the quality and clarity of Bermuda’s proposal and is convinced that the authority will offer an Annual Meeting in 2023 that will guarantee overall delegate satisfaction.”

Governor Rena Lalgie said, “Hosting the Global Privacy Assembly in 2023 is a welcome symbol of Bermuda’s commitment to personal data privacy and its place at the heart of data protection modernisation critical to so many aspects of our lives.

“I congratulate Privacy Commissioner Alexander White in securing this important event in Bermuda so soon after Bermuda joining the GPA in 2020, demonstrating commitment and continued progress to the highest international standards in the balance of data protection and, where appropriate, transparency.”

Premier David Burt said, “This is a significant opportunity for Bermuda to showcase to the world how committed we are to privacy and data protection and that we are determined to be a world leader in this realm.

“I would also like to commend our Privacy Commissioner, Mr Alexander White, and his team for their efforts in securing Bermuda as the venue for this event.”

Privacy Commissioner Alexander White said, “The GPA’s Annual Meeting will place the eyes of the global tech industry on Bermuda. For these weeks in late October, our island will be a buzzing hub of perhaps a thousand entrepreneurs and decision-makers, so we have a tremendous opportunity to show off our home as a business location of choice.

“I look forward to bringing local industry into the planning process for side events, and co-ordinating with the BDA Tech Summit as a two-for-one opportunity for attendees to enjoy Bermuda a little longer.

“In addition, we will be able to share the special beauty and wonder of Bermuda with many people who may never have even dreamed of visiting. I am especially excited to work with local partners on creating unforgettable experiences for our visiting colleagues and guests.”

Bermuda Business Development Agency [BDA] Interim CEO Susan Pateras said, “On behalf of the BDA, we are thrilled to learn that Bermuda is the chosen destination for the 2023 Global Privacy Assembly summit.

“The purpose of the BDA is to promote and protect, in collaboration with Government and the private sector, sustainable and equitable economic growth and prosperity in Bermuda. As such, the BDA launched its annual Bermuda Tech Summit in October 2019, with the 2021 event being held from October 13-15.

“The Bermuda Tech Summit has previously engaged attendees from across the globe with the primary objectives being to: promote Bermuda as a global tech leader, inform prospective entrants of our history of innovation and current and expanding intellectual capital levels, and highlight new business entrants that have chosen Bermuda to build and grow.

“As the world continues to shift, global technology and data has become a critical part of the conversation, so we see this as a huge win for Bermuda and look forward to welcoming all of the 2023 Global Privacy Assembly delegates to Bermuda and also to BDA’s 2023 Bermuda Tech Summit.”

Bermuda Tourism Authority CEO Charles H. Jeffers II said, “We’re delighted to have been selected as the host destination for the Global Privacy Assembly [GPA] 2023. Bermuda looks forward to showcasing our gorgeous island and legendary hospitality to the hundreds of members from around the globe.

“Our sales team is to be commended for providing the Privacy Commissioner with the support to help land the winning bid. This demonstrates how the work we do today can bear fruit for Bermuda well into the future. We are committed to providing our continued support to help make this event a stand-out success in 2023.”

The spokesperson said, “For more information about the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Bermuda, visit www.privacy.bm. For questions or further comment regarding this release, please contact our office at PrivCom@privacy.bm with the subject line “GPA 2023.”

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