The 45th Global Privacy Assembly Annual Meeting kicked off recently, gathering hundreds of international regulators and policymakers to discuss global technology and data issues. The event, hosted by the Global Privacy Assembly at the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, underlined the importance of balancing measures to protect public privacy. The keynote speaker, Charlotte Andrews, head of cultural heritage for the Bermuda National Trust, compared the challenges of data privacy to the challenges of protecting heritage. She emphasized the need for solutions that respect and benefit different people’s perspectives and needs.
Andrews pointed out the potential of technology in showcasing Bermuda’s rich cultural history from diverse perspectives. She advocated for building a holistic digital infrastructure for heritage management and community participation in Bermuda. The proposed online portal would connect Bermuda’s cultural resources, support work and collaboration across the cultural sector, and encourage community participation. Initially, the focus would be on Bermuda’s Unesco World Heritage Site, the Town of St George and its fortifications.
However, Andrews also warned about the misuse, manipulation, or weaponization of data. She raised questions about accommodating different perspectives, avoiding the dangers of a single narrative, and preventing private and commercial control over such a community-owned project. The Governor, Rena Lalgie, in her opening remarks, echoed the need for a balance between protecting privacy and crafting legislation and policies that don’t become too burdensome.
Lalgie acknowledged the challenges of compliance with various legislation and frameworks. She highlighted the importance of well-implemented frameworks in protecting the rights of the people. Lalgie also mentioned that Bermudians are adapting to Pati legislation and preparing to take the next step in privacy protection legislation. The conference, which continues this week, aims to raise greater awareness among those who need to comply and ensure the best protection for the public.