15th Annual Data Protection Practical Compliance Conference



15th Annual

Data Protection Practical Compliance Conference


5th & 6th November 2020 - Dublin, Ireland



Social distancing measures will be implemented at this event should government guidance still be in place


Day 2 - Friday, 6th November 2020 

On the second day of the Conference, delegates choose two Workshops (one in the morning and one in the afternoon) each offering practical in-depth analysis of data protection and the GDPR. These interactive sessions explore real-life examples and encourage delegates to discuss individual issues to find out how other organisations are complying with the developments within data protection.

Each of the Workshops is run by an Industry Expert and considers practical and realistic case studies. Delegates are welcome to put questions to the Workshop leader and other delegates. The full outline of each Workshop can be viewed here.

The Institute of Banking, the LIA and the Insurance Institute of Ireland award 2.5 hours CPD for attendance at one Workshop and 4 CPD hours for attendace at both Workshops.


 Timings for the Workshops Day



Morning Workshops

(select one)


(10.00am - 12.45pm)



Afternoon Workshops

(select one)


(2.00pm - 4.45pm)


Data Protection in the Workplace – the Latest Thinking

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

International Data Transfers – What Organisations Need to Know


Records Management – Key Skills for Data Protection Professionals


Workshop Programme



Morning Workshops - 10.00 am - 12.45 pm 

Linda Hynes

Workshop A:  Data Protection in the Workplace – the Latest Thinking

Linda Hynes - Partner, Lewis Silkin

How has the workplace changed in response to the GDPR now that we are a few years in? This Workshop focusses on emerging trends in workplace data protection including:
  • processing employee medical information – what are the limits
  • the impact of Covid-19 on workplace data protection – what are the learnings
  • employee subject access request – tools to deal with them


Pat MoranWorkshop B:  International Data Transfers - What Organisations Need to Know

Pat Moran - Partner (Consulting), PwC

The GDPR prevents the transfer of personal data to countries outside the EEA except in certain circumstances, a position which is inconvenient for international trade and the digital economy. This Workshop provides clear practical guidance on the various mechanisms available to overcome the export restrictions, including:
  • what amounts to a transfer of personal data
  • the methods of ensuring that transfers are lawful
  • the best method to use for foreign outsourcing of functions such as website hosting, IT maintenance and call centres
  • the efficacy of using ‘Privacy Shield’ for transfers to the United States
  • the likely implications of Brexit and how this will affect Ireland organisations sharing data with UK-based entities





Afternoon Workshops -  2.00 pm - 4.45 pm


doug-mcmahon-f2f2f2Workshop C:  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 Workshop uses real-life examples to illustrate particular challenges and to guide organisations on how to minimise risk to the organisation. Topics include:
  • the assessment of “risk to the rights and freedoms of natural persons”: what this means and how organisations should approach it
  • the risks associated with specific types and combinations of affected personal data
  • how to set up a breach response plan, and how to operate it effectively
  • after notification, what happens next?
  • current trends and expectations of supervisory authorities



John WilsonWorkshop D:  Records Management – Key Skills for Data Protection Professionals

John Wilson, Records Management Consultant

Records management practices intersect with data protection in myriad ways. But not all data protection professionals are familiar with records management techniques and practices. This Workshop provides delegates with:

  • an understanding of basic records management terminology, standards and codes of practice
  • 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






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 McCann FitzGerald







"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