Privacy is Science not Art

The CEO of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, (IAPP) Trevor Hughes gave a talk at the Boston Bar Association’s Privacy & Security Summit earlier this year in which he examined the evolution of “privacy” through the lens of art. He highlighted the way privacy has impacted the world, values, and contemporary mores as reflected in the art of a particular time - going all the way back to a painting of the Garden of Eden which depicted likely the oldest symbol of privacy, a fig leaf. It was a really interesting talk. Recently, I had the opportunity to come speak to the leadership team of the IAPP at their annual retreat in Maine and something struck me as we discussed the IAPP’s role, strategy and future. Privacy may be interestingly linked to art as Trevor noted in his talk – but data privacy is increasingly becoming less art and more science.