Annual Data Protection Conference - Dublin

     11th & 12th November 2021 - Dublin, Ireland



16th Annual Data Protection Compliance Conference - LIVE EVENT

Interactive Virtual WorkshopsDay 2 - Interactive Virtual Workshops
(12th November 2021)

On the second day, delegates join two interactive workshops (from a choice of six) to attend via a virtual meetings-based platform. Led by Industry Experts, a broad range of key topics/themes are explored at each of the workshops.



Morning Workshops (10.00am - 12.30pm GMT)


WORKSHOP A:  Remote Working - Key Data Protection Issues for the New Normal

Linda Hynes - Partner, Lewis Silkin


Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, remote working has become the new normal. For many organisations this is likely to continue for many months, years or permanently. While working from co working hubs and at home brings benefits, it also presents risks that need to be considered and addressed by employers. This session explores the main data protection issues that arise in relation to home remote working, including challenging compliance issues in the following areas:

  • Data security & breach notifications
  • Monitoring employee activities
  • Using personal devices for work purposes
  • Risk assessments and updating policies and procedures

The session draws on real world practical examples to bring these issues to life.

Linda Hynes

WORKSHOP B:  Standard Contractual Clauses - Practical Implications of Relying on SCCs for Data Exports

Victoria Hordern - Partner, Bates Wells


Given the Schrems II decision of July 2020 and EDPB recommendations that followed, what was previously a relatively straightforward exercise – signing the standard contractual clauses for international data transfers – has suddenly become more complex.  Additionally, the European Commission will be introducing new SCCs during the course of 2021 (and potentially the UK as well?). So, for many organisations, thinking through the practical implications of relying on the SCCs now requires more work. This Workshop will assess these practical implications including: 

  • How to approach relying on the SCCs given the shifting landscape
  • Using the new version of the SCCs with the different modules
  • Carrying out a Transfer Impact Assessment
  • The requirement for supplementary measures alongside the SCCs
  • Ongoing obligations when using the SCCs

Victoria Hordern



WORKSHOP C:  Outsourcing Processing - Avoiding Pitfalls and Achieving Compliance

John Fitzsimons - Barrister, Cornerstone Barristers


Organisations frequently rely on third party businesses to perform a variety of functions such as payroll administration, mailing services, cloud storage, online surveys, confidential waste management, website hosting and debt collection. While such outsourcing may assist an organisation in its day to day activities, it may also come with serious risks due to the significant amount of personal data processing often involved. This session consider best practice approaches to compliant outsourcing and in particular focuses on:

  • How to avoid the common pitfalls associated with outsourcing personal data processing
  • The Dos and Don’ts of contracting with third party processors
  • Ensuring compliant sub-processing
  • The practical and legal implications of outsourcing to cloud services providers
  • The practical and legal implications of outsourcing to foreign processors

John Fitzsimons



Afternoon Workshops  (2.00pm - 4.30pm GMT)


WORKSHOP D:  Data Protection by Design and Default - Ensuring Practical Compliance

Adam Finlay - Partner, McCann FitzGerald


The legal requirements for Data Protection by Design and Default have been with us for some time. But do we really know what it means in practice for organisations? For many it remains an abstract, if not cryptic, concept. In this session delegates learn how to operationalise the legal requirements by: 

  • Examining exactly what the law requires
  • Understanding regulatory expectations and the consequences of getting it wrong
  • Considering the practicalities of implementing design and default
  • Identifying key design and default elements as regards complying with the data protection principles
  • Looking at the role of technology and vendors
  • Understanding the overall picture by looking at an interactive case study 

Adam Finlay

WORKSHOP E:  Records Management for Data Protection Professionals

John Wilson - Records Management Consultant


All information governance professionals need to have some level of understanding of records management techniques and practices. This session provides delegates with: 

  • An understanding of basic records management terminology
  • An introduction to records management 'tools of the trade' and how are they are used in organisations, including how to identify and capture records, how to organise records, records security and access controls, how to find stuff, and retention and disposal of records
  • Insight into how to align the records management programme with the organisation’s data protection compliance goals
  • Guidance on how to monitor compliance with records management standards to ensure that anticipated benefits are being delivered

John Wilson

WORKSHOP F:  Apps - Unique and Challenging Data Compliance Issues

Oisin Tobin - Partner, Mason Hayes & Curran


Apps are now the mainstay of digital engagement for any organisation. Whether used for consumer-facing retail transactions; internal HR / employee management; or facilitating slicker supply chain or business partner engagement, their use is prevalent across many areas of an organisation. While a well-established technology, the data protection compliance challenges continue to evolve as the environment in which they operate changes and the sophistication of data-collection improves. This session includes:

  • How to address the challenges in the collection of location and other device-based data through apps
  • The implications of the changing OS environment including the requirements of iOS14 and other OS
  • How to manage other key data protection and cyber compliance challenges arising from the use of apps
  • Additional regulatory challenges in deploying app-based technology to assist with COVID management

oisin Tobin



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