Cédric Laurant spoke at the 2013 Annual Retreat of the Twin Cities Privacy Network (Minneapolis, MN, USA, 7 June 2013)

On 7 June 2013, Cédric Laurant spoke at the Annual Retreat 2013 of the Twin Cities Privacy Network in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

"License plate from State of Minnesota of the United State of America".  Photo taken on March 24, 2010 by Flodigrip's world.  Available under a Creative Commons "Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic" (CC BY-NC 2.0) license.

Photo taken on March 24, 2010 by Flodigrip’s world.

The Annual Retreat was focused on the latest national and international developments in privacy and data protection and was mainly aimed at Minnesota-based companies’ privacy teams and chief privacy officers.

Cédric Laurant talked about “The Latin American Privacy Revolution” (extracts [pdf]): For the first decade of the twenty-first century, Argentina was the only country in Central and South America that maintained a robust approach to data privacy.  In the last three years, however, a wave of data protection regulations has swept the continent.  Cédric Laurant explained how these changes may impact Minnesota-based multinationals.  Laurant provided a US perspective on Mexico’s new self-regulatory framework and on how APEC’s cross-border privacy rules may be implemented in Mexico.  He also outlined the requirements found in the new data protection regulations across the Latin American region and predicted where things might go in the next two years.

The other presentations included the following topics:

  • A keynote address on “Mexico: The New Frontier of Privacy Enforcement” by IFAI (the Mexican Data Protection Authority)’s Director-General of Self-Regulation, María Adriana Báez Ricardez.  Ever since Mexico enacted its national data protection law in 2010, the country has charted a course to roll out the most comprehensive enforcement program in the Western hemisphere.  Ms. Báez Ricardez provided the most current update given in North America about the direction of data privacy in Mexico.  Báez outlined the data protection law and its outlook for implementation and enforcement, explained the relationship between the law and the new self-regulatory process, and described the Mexican perspective on the implementation of APEC’s cross-border privacy rules.  The Director General also compared the different jurisdictions of the two agencies with data protection authority, the IFAI and the Mexican Department of Commerce (Secretaría de Economía).
  • A presentation about “The Coming Privacy Shakedown in America” by Andy Serwin, JD, partner at Morrison & Forrester and founder of the Lares Institute; and
  • Another presentation about “How to Survive and FTC Consent Decree” by Miles Edmundson, VP and Chief Information Security Officer at Ceridian.
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    Photo taken in Saint Paul, MN, on Sept. 3, 2009 by Dan H.

  • 1st afternoon breakout sessions:
    • Privacy primer for mobile apps and web;
    • The Future of CPOs and CISOs:  Managing a shared agenda;
    • BYOD – Bring your own disaster;
    • Outlook for EU data protection reform.
  • 2nd afternoon breakout sessions:
    • Social media: Pointers and pitfalls;
    • HIPAA 2013: Don’t get run over by the Omnibus;
    • Case study:  Peaks and pitfalls of implementing DLP;
    • It’s not the same, eh?  Folding Canada into your US privacy program.

by experts from Best Buy, UnitedHealth, Ameriprise Financial, Dorsey & Whitney, U.S. Bank, HealthPartners, Faegre Baker Daniels, Allianz Life and MedTronic.


  • A final presentation about “Big Data at the Crossroads” by a representative from Acxiom Corporation.

Reference documents:

  • Cédric Laurant’s presentation: “The Latin American Privacy Revolution” (extracts [pdf]).  Full presentation is available upon writing to info -at- cedriclaurant -dot- com.
  • Full session descriptions and speaker information are available here.