18th Annual Data Protection Practical Compliance Conference - November 2023


Data Protection Conference

In-person / Virtual


Thursday 9th & Friday 10th November 2023 - Dublin City Centre






David Murphy

David Murphy

Deputy Commissioner, DPC (Ireland)

 Ireland's leading two-day event dedicated to Data Protection & Privacy Professionals...  


This year, we celebrate the eighteenth anniversary of PDP's Data Protection Practical Compliance Conference, Ireland's largest annual 2-day data protection event. The focus of the conference is to examine the continuing challenges facing professionals working within the privacy and data protection arena.

Day 1 Speakers Presentations (In-Person & Virtual)
Day 2 Interactive Workshops (In-Person)






Conference Testomonial from previous year



 Day 1 - Thursday, 9th November 2023 


Conference Hall - Speakers Presentations

(Dublin City Centre - In-Person & Virtual)


David Murphy




David Murphy - Deputy Commissioner,
Data Protection Commission (Ireland)



Paul Lavery


Conference Chair


Paul Lavery - Partner, McCann FitzGerald





Conor HoganHow the Explosion in Generative AI Impacts GDPR Compliance

Conor Hogan - Global Practice Director
(Data Governance), BSI


What is ‘generative AI’ and how is it developed? What are the main GDPR issues when training and/or deploying large-language models (LLMs)? How can privacy rights be respected when such massive datasets are processed? This talk focusses on the compliance challenges when developing or using generative AI.



Doug McMahon


Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PETs) – What Should You be Considering for Your Organisation?

Doug McMahon - Partner, McCann FitzGerald


PETs have been hailed as a potential solution to allow organisations to harness the value of personal data, whilst ensuring compliance with data protection obligations. This session sets out details of some of the more common PETs, and what organisations need to consider if they are proposing to implement them.



Moya Novella

How The AI Regulatory Revolution Affects You

Moya Novella - Counsel (Data Privacy), IBM


The emergence of AI specific regulation is unstoppable and data protection practitioners have a crucial role to play. This session looks at what new emerging regulation requires, how organisations can prepare for compliance, and what contribution data protection practitioners can make to overcome this new challenge.




Morgane ConatyData Breaches: How Much Will They Cost?

Morgane Conaty BL - Barrister


The consequences of a data breach for an organisation can be considerable depending on the nature and effects of the breach and the significance of failures to comply with the GDPR. As well as suffering reputational damage, an organisation may suffer financial losses if it is fined and/or if civil litigation is taken. The GDPR provides a right to compensation for any data subject who has suffered material or non-material damage as a result of an infringement of the GDPR. Additionally, supervisory authorities can impose administrative fines, taking into account certain parameters in the GDPR. This talk considers recent developments in enforcement and recent case law from the Court of Justice and the Irish courts on the interpretation of non-material damage and the level of award in data breach cases. It also considers the European Data Protection Board’s adoption, in May 2023, of guidelines on the calculation of administrative fines.




Fedelma GoodThe UK is Amending its Data Protection Laws - So What?

Fedelma Good - Data Protection & ePrivacy Consultant


Described by the UK Government as ‘New data laws to cut down pointless paperwork … and reduce annoying cookie pop-ups’, the Bill amends the UK’s retained version of the EU GDPR, the ePrivacy Directive and the DPA 2018 rather than replacing them. The Bill covers a wide range of areas including: automated decision making; handling vexatious subject access requests; scientific research; the introduction of the role of a Senior Responsible Individual in place of the DPO; increased fines for nuisance calls and texts and changes to the governance structure and powers of the regulator. This session looks beyond the rhetoric and explores the changes included in the Bill and their practical implications for Irish and International organisations.



Rosaleen Bryne


When the Regulator Finds Against You - Considerations

Rosaleen Byrne - Partner, McCann FitzGerald


When organisations are on the receiving end of an adverse decision of the DPC, very often the immediate reaction is to appeal the decision. This session looks at considerations organisations should take into account when weighing up the potential benefits and risks of appealing. What will an appeal look like in practice? Are the outcomes on appeal likely to assist? What about the expertise of the Regulator? Are there arguable grounds on which to appeal and many more issues...



Adam Finlay


Latest Data Protection Decisions – Practical Implications

Adam Finlay - Partner, McCann FitzGerald


This session considers the latest developments in data protection compliance arising from decisions of the Data Protection Commission and Irish and European Courts, including in relation to dealing with data subject access requests, personal data breaches and data protection actions, and identifying the appropriate legal basis for processing.



View Speakers Biographies here >




 Day 2 - Friday, 10th November 2023

In-person Workshops


Workshops (Classroom)

(Dublin City Centre - In-person)


On the second day, delegates attend two interactive workshops (one in the morning and one in the afternoon):


Morning Workshop Topics



Catherine Walsh

Workshop A.

Breach Notification: a Deep Dive into What, When and Who to Notify


Catherine Walsh - Senior Associate, McCann FitzGerald




Adam Finlay

Workshop B.

Data Transfers – Understanding the New Requirements

Adam Finlay - Partner, McCann FitzGerald



View full description of each Workshop  >




Afternoon Workshop Topics


Douh McMahon

Workshop C.

Implications of the Use of New Technologies in the Workplace


Doug McMahon - Partner, McCann FitzGerald




Ruth Hughes Workshop D.

Keeping up With Requirements on Privacy Notices / Transparency - "When is Good, Good Enough?"


Ruth Hughes - Senior Associate, McCann FitzGerald



View full description of each Workshop  >



Added Benefits...

In-Person Attendance (Day 1 & Day 2)
  • Complimentary lunch and refreshments throughout the day
  • Networking opportunities
  • Ask questions to Speakers face to face (roving mics during question times)
  • Professionally bound hardcopy of presentations and workshop materials
  • Access to speakers presentations videos post-event via dedicated online platform
  • Complimentary PDP Merchandise
Virtual Attendance (Day 1 only)
  • PDF materials available to download and print at home
  • Join from the comfort of home without the need to travel
  • Ask questions to Speakers through online submission form (to be read out by Chair)
  • Access to speakers presentations videos post-event via dedicated online platform


Conference Fees
2023 Conference Fees
Multiple Delegate Discount:
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Conference Testimonials


"Excellent day! The presentations provided practical advice that will be useful in my day to day job."
Jason Palmer
AXA Life Europe Ltd


"Particularly useful was the guidance on formulation and structure of data protection policies."
Dan McDonnell
Co Carlow VEC


"Extremely helpful and well organised"
Jim O’Connell
Douglas Credit Union


"Each presentation had something important to reflect on"
Marie Cussen

"Content was excellent"
Philip Higgins
ESB Energy Solutions


"Very informative and enjoyable. The handouts are very good"
Stephen Nolan


"Excellent presentations"
Paul Dawson
Dublin City Council


"Good to hear about the new developments. Very passionate speakers"
Ann Smith
Chartered Accountants Ireland


"The presenters were very interesting."
Muriel Koyce
Sunbeam House Services


"I found the Conference to touch all the relevant areas for practitioners and something that I have no doubt will be utilised within my organisation"
Lynne Martin
Eirecom Limited


"Great mix of topics/issues relating to data protection."
Tony Hughes
Waterford Credit Union


"Good tips on outsourcing. The lessons learned from breaches was very useful."
Bernadette Ryan
Bord Gais Eireann


"Speakers were very knowledgeable and articulate"
Philip Higgins
ESB Electric


"It was well put together. Good speakers, content and venue. First class. Thank you."
Danny O’Donoghue
Bishopstown Credit Union

“Excellent conference… really interesting. You covered a multitude of topics which has given me a food for thought!”
Louise Colgen
Central Bank of Ireland


"Very useful and informative"
Cathal McDermott


"Great event. All speakers and presentations were compelling and relevant"
Brian Short
Irish Continental Group plc


"Informative as usual"
Helen Sheehan
Euromedic Diagnostics Ltd


"The theory and practical advice given were highly welcomed"
Ann Smith
Chartered Accountants Ireland


"The presenters were very interesting."
Judith Fanning


"The practicality of the subjects was brilliant. A real feeling of having learned something to take away and think about"
Nicola Flannery
Paddy Power Plc


"Every subject was relevant and current"
Veronica O’Brien
Irish Water


"A very useful conference for all DP Practitioners and a great opportunity to share experiences with other practitioners in the field"
Catriona O’Sullivan
University College Cork


"This year, I was very happy with all the presentations. Thank you for organising it"
Irina Sharapova
Kerry Group Plc


"I found the conference not only to be practical, but enjoyable which was down to the standard and quality of the presenters"
Martina McKenna
Cavan and Monaghan Education and Training Board