15th Annual Data Protection Practical Compliance Conference


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15th Annual Data Protection Practical Compliance Conference (Ireland)
5th & 6th November 2020


Speakers Presentations (Thursday, 5th November 2020)


The first day of the Conference features Expert Speakers who explore the latest challenges facing data protection professionals. Delegates can submit questions to the Speakers in the lead-up to the Conference so the Presentations can address specific issues raised.



Speakers Presentations




Colum Walsh



Colum Walsh

Deputy Commissioner

Data Protection Commission




Paul Lavery Conference Chair


Paul Lavery


McCann FitzGerald




Colum Walsh - Deputy Commissioner, Data Protection Commission (Ireland)

The Deputy Commissioner highlights the DPC's response to Covid-19, how data protection can be used to enhance customer's and citizen's experience of their relationship with controllers, and the DPC's objectives in the coming year.



Robert BondCOVID-19 and Data Protection

Robert Bond - Partner, Bristows

COVID-19 has thrown confusion on our collection and processing of personal data in certain key areas. We are processing health data of employees and visitors to our offices and of customers to our premises. We are working remotely and meeting virtually. This talk provides practical guidance on how to meet these challenges while staying compliant with data protection rules.



Dan CooperSchrems II and the Path Ahead for Privacy Shield and Model Clauses

Dan Cooper - Partner, Covington & Burling LLP

This session discusses the practical implications of the ruling in Schrems II, including what it means for organisations relying on the EU-US Privacy Shield and EU Model Clauses for transferring personal data out of the EEA. The session considers in particular the expectations of parties relying upon the model clauses in light of the Court’s ruling, how regulators appear to be reacting to the abolition of the Privacy Shield, and the practical measures that organisations should adopt to lower their compliance risks in light of the judgement



Rosemary JayChildren’s’ Data – What Organisations Need to Bear in Mind

Rosemary Jay - Senior Consultant Attorney, Hunton Andrews Kurth

The GDPR stipulates greater protections for personal data on children, and while some organisations target children, many process data on children inadvertently. This talk provides an overview of the key practical issues that organisations need to watch out for.



John WhelanPost-Brexit Planning for Irish and EU Organisations

John Whelan - Partner, A&L Goodbody

The UK government has written the GDPR into UK law such that following the Brexit transition period, a “UK GDPR” will apply. European organisations processing data of UK customers or employees will need to know how the regime under the UK GDPR will differ from that under the EU GDPR. This talk covers these, as well as issues such as whether a data protection representative will need to be appointed in the UK, transfers to the UK in the absence of an adequacy decision, lead supervisory authorities, DPO’s, and likely development of, in the words of PM Johnson, “separate and independent policies” in the area of UK data protection.



Gemma ThomasHow to get Senior Management to talk “Data Protection” and Promote Compliance

Gemma Thomas - Data Protection Officer, Independent Office for Police Conduct

It can be challenging to get senior management teams ‘onboard’ with data protection compliance. Adherence to obligations can be seen as the DPOs “problem to solve.” This talk explores how to transform data protection compliance into a hot-topic that senior management are keen to engage in, and to promote across the organisation.



Sandy Tsakiridi, HSBCData Protection Implications of Artificial Intelligence

Sandy Tsakiridi, Group Senior Legal Counsel, HSBC

The emergence of AI as one of the most widely used technologies has prompted organisations to tackle the challenges of balancing AI design and deployment with data protection compliance. This session looks at the key privacy concerns raised by AI, how AI fits with some of the key requirements of the GDPR and the compliance tools than can be employed by organisations.

Emma Erstine Fox

Cookies, Consent and Compliance in the Adtech World

Emma Erstine-Fox - Associate, TLT LLP

Advertising has been transformed by the digital revolution. The explosion of Adtech undoubtedly brings substantial benefits for brands, enabling them to generate maximum engagement. But the data protection challenges are significant. In an area that continues to attract regulatory scrutiny, this talk considers how organisations can leverage the significant advantages of cookies and Adtech whilst remaining within the legal requirements.


Doug McMahon

Data Breach Notifications: To Notify or Not to Notify – Is That the Question?

Doug McMahon - Partner, McCann FitzGerald

When determining whether to notify supervisory authorities and/or individuals, many organisations are still finding it difficult to decide what to do. This talk uses real-life examples to illustrate particular challenges and to guide organisations on how to minimise relevant risks.


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