Hello everyone

This is the running update from the Executive Director. Have questions or comments? Suggest some added information or edits? Contact ED colin at kantarainitiative dot org.

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We know summer is well and truly on its way when May brings us the two long weekend Bank Holidays. It's just so unfortunate that it comes at a time when there is such intense activity in the Identity and personal data space!    

Like many other organizations, we wanted to position Kantara optimally in terms of GDPR compliance, and took the opportunity to review our Privacy Statement and clarify our lawful bases for processing personal information across our website pages. Internally we have reviewed where your personal data resides in our largely cloud based systems and took steps to minimize movement by processing it where it rests. Whether you are a member or non member participant there's no specific action you need to take, but we would be grateful if you could familiarize yourself with the revised Privacy Policy (now renamed Privacy Statement) and if you have any queries or comments please Contact us.    

New Members joining this month are UNLOQ Systems Ltd from the UK, Carlos Dominguez from Canada, Reede Talyor from the Netherlands and Sunil Kapila from India, while CA Technologies Inc and Judith Bush from the US renewed. Welcome UNLOQ, Carlos, Reede and Sunil, and welcome home CA and Judith!

Kantara was participating in a range of European conferences in May. First up was the Kuppinger Cole hosted European Identity & Cloud Conference in Munich with a combined Kantara AGM and members plenary on Monday May 14th. The AGM and member plenary was attended by around 15 members primarily from Europe but we had representaton from north America and Asia-Pac too.  Kantara's own pre-conference workshop the following morning Tuesday15th was exceptionally well attended. Each year the conference organizers give us a bigger room and each time we fill it. We may have had the largest crowd of any pre-conference workshop this year. 

We started the following week in London for Kantara's first own-brand Summit for Marketing, Media and Privacy on Tuesday May 22nd. We have had lots of fluctuations in fortune with this event leading up to it. This was partly due to other events crowding in the week which, back in January when we confirmed it, was clear of any other similar events, and also partly due to our fantastic speakers being called upon to do last minute corporate or client work around GDPR, leaving us with the unenviable job of replacing them with equally good speakers. As it turned out the event was well attended, the speakers were fantastic, and the was a real buzz in the room as the awkward and uncomfotable questions were asked and discussed by distinguised Keynote speakers and expert panellists.

Later that same week, I keynoted the afternoon session at IAMwithUBI, the first Nordic located Identity conference organized by our Finland based and staunch Kantara supporting member Ubisecure. My keynote was a mash up of a well-known wedding rhyme (HT to the UK royal wedding the previous weekend) to the current state of digital identity.  

Kind Regards,

Colin

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