Due to concerns about the spread of coronavirus, next month’s DPPC 2020 has been cancelled. 

Elizabeth Denham, Information Commissioner, said:

“I am incredibly disappointed that I won’t see you all in Manchester for this year’s conference.  

“I look forward to the DPPC every year, not only for how it develops our professional skills, but how it enables us to come together as a community.  

“Meeting with DPOs and hearing their experiences informs our work, and helps us all to do our jobs better, from protecting people’s information rights to enabling innovation. At its heart, the DPPC is a great opportunity for us to listen to you. 

“We must, though, make the health and wellbeing of our community a priority. 

“I know a lot of time and preparation has already been dedicated to our conference, from my colleagues at the ICO, speakers and exhibitors, and from those planning to attend, and the decision to cancel is one we’ve taken only after careful consideration.  

“We will now turn our attention to alternative ways to talk with data practitioners, to share best practice, celebrate successes and provide the practical and pragmatic advice that we know the community appreciates. 

“We have some exciting ideas to deliver the content we hoped to share with you in Manchester, including a programme of webinars and virtual panels. We’ll also consider the options for holding an alternative event towards the end of this year.”