VIDEO: Privacy as a Human Value

Trevor Hughes, leading 70,000 members of the International Association of Privacy Professionals from the United States, talks about the “explosion” in the field of data protection all over the world. But, across the business community, “as they get beyond what they need to do to tick GDPR compliance boxes”, he sees a “Journey of Discovery” – “On TV in the US you now see global multi-nationals advertising during American football matches with 30 seconds - incredibly expensive - on privacy.” Everyone now recognises that the digital economy must run on trust and humanity: “Sometimes we get lost in compliance and the technicalities and lose sight of the fact that these are human truths and human stories. It is peoples’ lives, secrets and intimacies that we are protecting. Privacy is a fundamental human truth.”

As President and CEO of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) - - Trevor Hughes leads the world’s largest association of privacy professionals, which promotes, defines and supports the privacy profession globally. 

Trevor is widely recognized as a leading privacy expert, appearing at numerous privacy and technology events. He has contributed to media outlets such as the New York Times, TechCrunch and WIRED and has provided testimony on issues of privacy, surveillance and privacy-sensitive technologies before the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, British Parliament and more.

A native of Canada, Trevor previously served as the executive director of the Network Advertising Initiative and the Email Sender and Provider Coalition. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and his Juris Doctor from the University of Maine School of Law, where he is also an adjunct professor and member of the Law Foundation Board.