Speakers

 

  

Integrating Ireland's data protection
law into everyday business

8 - 9 May 2019
McCann FitzGerald, Dublin

 

 

Helen Dixon
Commissioner for Data Protection             
Data Protection Commission
Ireland

 

 

 

 

Helen Dixon was appointed as Data Protection Commissioner for Ireland in September 2014. Responsible for upholding the rights of individuals regarding how data about them is used, the role, among other things, requires regulation of a large number of US internet multinationals with European bases in Ireland. Previously Irish Registrar of Companies, Helen has also held senior roles in the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation working on economic migration policy, science, technology and innovation policy. She spent the first ten years of her career in the IT industry. She holds postgraduate qualifications in European Economic and Public Affairs, Governance, Computer Science, Official Statistics for Policy Evaluation, and Judicial Skills and Decision Making.  She was delighted to have been awarded an honorary fellowship of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) in 2014.

 

Dan Cooper
Partner
Covington & Burling
UK

 

 

 

 

  

 

Tony Delaney
Head, Special Investigations
Data Protection Commission
Ireland

 

 

 

  

 

 

Adam Finlay
Partner
McCann FitzGerald
Ireland

 

                                 

 

Adam Finlay is a partner in the Technology and Innovation Group in McCann FitzGerald and advises a wide range of public and private sector clients on all aspects of data protection law (including obligations, best practice and compliance issues) and has deep expertise in this area as a result, both under the laws that applied up to 25 May 2018 and under the GDPR regime.

Adam leads teams assisting numerous public sector clients (including Road Safety Authority, National Transport Authority, the Courts Service) on their GDPR compliance projects and is currently advising a wide range of public and private sector clients on ongoing assessment, management and implementation of GDPR obligations. This has included large and complex data protection audits, data protection impact assessments, privacy impact assessments and legitimate interests assessments. Adam is also advising on a number of high profile data protection law cases and investigations by the Data Protection Commission.

Adam speaks and writes widely on all elements of his practice areas. He contributes articles regularly to external publications and has delivered general and tailored presentations on the GDPR and its implications for various sectors, including the adtech, financial services, life sciences, health, betting and gaming, media and entertainment, food and beverages, construction and public sectors. He has also delivered training on conducting DPIAs, PIAs, LIAs and on dealing with data subject access requests.
 

 

Nicola Flannery
Senior Manager - Data Privacy Services
Deloitte Ireland LLP
Ireland

 

 

 

        

Nicola is a Senior Manager in Risk Advisory within Deloitte’s Data Privacy Team.  She has an industry background in predominantly tech companies with responsibilities including implementing a privacy framework, privacy contract negotiation with a focus on cross border data transfers as well as a subject matter expert in Privacy by Design.

Nicola advises predominantly on the practical implementation of data protection laws across various industry sectors. She has particular expertise in the areas of direct marketing, e-privacy, privacy by design and operationalising privacy frameworks.  She is CIPP/E and CIPM certified with the IAPP and she regularly writes and presents on all topics of privacy.

 

Rachael Gallagher
Manager - Data Privacy
Deloitte Ireland LLP
Ireland

 

 

 

Rachael is a Manager in Risk Advisory within Deloitte’s Data Privacy Team.  She previously was a Senior Policy Officer with the Information Commissioner’s Office (the ICO), the UK data protection authority, where she was responsible for advising organisations on compliance with data protection law, identifying systematic practices that failed to deliver positive information rights outcomes for individuals. During her time with the ICO, Rachael worked in partnership with various sector bodies to design and deliver tailored programmes to support improved data protection compliance for their stakeholders. 

As a Manager in Deloitte’s Data Privacy Team, Rachael has worked with numerous organisations in a variety of sectors to implement the GDPR into process and practice. Post GDPR, she has conducted Data Protection Impact Assessments for clients in the public sector, and has supported Data Protection Officers and their organisations to transition from GDPR implementation into Business As Usual.

 

Denis Kelleher
Data Protection Officer
LinkedIn
Ireland

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Lavery
Partner
McCann FitzGerald                                                          
Ireland

 

 

 

        

Paul is a partner and the head of the Technology & Innovation Group in McCann FitzGerald and advises on a wide range of data protection, data security,  information technology, outsourcing and confidentiality issues.  He writes and lectures widely on these and other topics.

Paul is the author of Commercial Secrets: The Action for Breach of Confidence in Ireland.  The book has been quoted with approval in judgments of the Irish High Court and Supreme Court.

Paul has provided specialist advice in the complex and evolving area of privacy and data protection law for over 21 years and is considered an expert in the field in Ireland.  He advises clients on all aspects of data privacy compliance, including appropriate notices and policies, records of processing activities, the legal basis for processing, access requests, marketing obligations, international data transfers and appropriate processing exemptions.  He has also been involved in a number of “market firsts” in Ireland including the first case in Ireland on the meaning of personal data, the first case in Ireland on processing causing distress and the first set of Binding Corporate Rules to be approved with the Irish Data Protection Commissioner as lead regulator.

Paul is also advising a number of clients on their preparation for and on-going compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation and the Irish Data Protection Act 2018

Paul’s clients in the area of privacy and data protection include public and private sector bodies including government departments, state agencies, semi-state companies, leading IT companies, telecommunication service providers, financial institutions, professional bodies, pharmaceutical and insurance companies.

 

 

Ken Macdonald
Head of the UK ICO's Regional Offices including Northern Ireland
Information Commissioner’s Office
UK

 

 

 

                       

Dr Ken Macdonald joined the ICO in August 2005 head up its Scotland office in Edinburgh. He has since become responsible for its offices in Northern Ireland and Wales as Head of ICO Regions in which he leads teams promoting information rights in these areas by raising awareness of organisational responsibilities across all sectors as well as influencing policy in related areas by engaging with public authorities. A graduate of Edinburgh and Aberdeen universities, Ken was previously a lecturer in economics at what is now Abertay University and immediately prior to taking up his position at the ICO he worked in economic development and European policy at Clackmannanshire Council.

  

 

Douglas McMahon
Senior Associate
McCann FitzGerald
Ireland

 

                               

 

Doug McMahon is a Senior Associate in the Technology and Innovation Group in McCann FitzGerald.  Doug provides specialist advice on contentious and non-contentious data protection matters, including conducting data protection impact assessments, drafting data protection policies, notices and data processing clauses, dealing with access requests, data security breach issues, Data Protection Commission audits and investigations, marketing obligations, and international data transfers.

Doug has significant experience helping clients to prepare for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), both in the private and the public sector.  This includes creating GDPR compliance programmes and advising on implementing policies and procedures to comply with the requirements under the GDPR.


 

 

Linda NiChualladh
Head of Privacy (Legal) EMEA
Citi
Ireland

 

 

 

 

Linda joined Citi in early 2018 taking over the position of Head of Privacy (Legal) for EMEA. Prior to Citi, Linda was both the Regulatory and Competition Counsel and the Data Protection Counsel for the An Post Group in Ireland focusing on antitrust, communications regulation, and in particular on the development of the Data Protection practice and rollout of GDPR both within the group and as part of its functions under EU law and as part of the United Nations UPU. Working in the private sector and also in public enforcement, Linda’s main focus was WTO and trade law with a specific emphasis on competition law and antitrust. She served as legal advisor to the Chairperson of the Irish Competition Authority and represented the Authority at OECD, ICN, and in the EU Commission committees. A graduate of law with emphasis on EU studies from University College Dublin, Linda also attended college in Hanover in Germany and won a scholarship for her PhD studies in the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. She has been a member of the Legal500’s General Counsel Power List since it began in Ireland and her team has also been included in the Legal500 Ireland Teams Power List twice.

 

 

Joanne Neary
Assistant Commissioner (Solicitor)
Data Protection Commission
Ireland

 

 

 

 

 

Sadhbh O'Sullivan
Senior Associate
McCann FitzGerald
Ireland

 

                                 

 

Sadhbh trained in McCann FitzGerald and practises in the firm’s Technology and Innovation Group where she works closely with Paul and Adam advising on data protection, information technology, intellectual property and commercial contractual matters.

Sadhbh’s work in relation to data protection includes advising clients on all aspects of their data protection compliance. Sadhbh is advising a number of public and private sector clients on their GDPR compliance projects (including Ervia, Science Foundation Ireland, Maynooth University, PM Group, BOC Aviation and Magnetar Capital), managing large-scale data subject requests (including on behalf of PM Group, Imperial Tobacco and Quest Software), carrying out data protection audits and assessments, helping clients to complete data inventories, carry out gap analyses on processing operations, engaging in privacy impact assessments and ensuring that clients’ data protection notices and policies and their processing activities are compliant with GDPR requirements.

Sadhbh has given presentations and training sessions on the GPDR including in relation to preparation for the GDPR and updates on GPDR implementation in practice. She co-authored the article "Digital business in Ireland: overview" which was published in the Digital Business Global Guide in December 2018 on the Thomson Reuters Practical Law website.

 

Emma Redmond
Senior Director for Privacy and Data Protection, Ancestry
Adjunct Assoc. Professor of Law, University College Dublin
Ireland

 

 

 

         

Emma Redmond, Senior Director and Head of International Data Protection for Ancestry.com the largest global genealogy and DNA network and previously Head of EU Data Protection at LinkedIn.  As a risk and compliance professional, her experience spans from the negotiation field to working cross-culturally within highly complex environments whilst acting as a proactive and strategic adviser.  She is an active and regular speaker at data protection events across Europe and was chosen for the Leadership in Law programme at Harvard Law School in May 2017. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor at UCD Sutherland School of Law, Chair of the General Counsel forum at the American Chamber of Commerce, a Member of the Inner Temple and the International Association of Privacy Professionals. Given she works for Ancestry, she is 87% Irish 12% Great Britain 1% Finnish but 100% Privacy.
 
 
 

 

Steve Wright
CEO, Privacy Culture
Formerly Interim Data Protection Officer, Bank of England
UK

 

 

 

            

Steve Wright is an authority on data privacy and cyber security, having worked in the industry for over 25 years. In that time, he has held the principal information, privacy and data security roles for companies such as John Lewis Partnerships, Unilever, Deloitte, PwC, Siemens and Capita. Most recently, he held the interim position of DPO at the Bank of England.

A technology enthusiast, he remains fascinated by the incredible things that can be done with data. Yet he understands only too well the risks to reputation and privacy in a world where social media, cyber security, legislation, fraud and regulatory complexities are rife.

Today, Steve advises senior leadership in all things related to the safeguarding of personal data, protecting brand image and–above all–building consumer trust.

 

Stewart Dresner
Chief Executive
Privacy Laws & Business                             
UK

 

 

 

 

Stewart Dresner graduated from the University of Lancaster in politics and marketing in 1973. He has written and researched extensively on data protection/privacy and freedom of information since 1975, when he initiated a research project on this subject at the UK Consumers Association. His research in the USA and Canada in 1976 enabled him to prepare a submission to the UK government-sponsored Lindop Committee, and write Open Government: Lessons from America, published in 1980.

He then joined Business International as a business journalist where he wrote on privacy laws for its publications and organised conferences in Austria, Belgium, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the UK. The company became a subsidiary of The Economist and he wrote its report on the first prosecution under the UK’s Data Protection Act 1984.

When The Economist rejected Stewart’s proposal for an international data protection law newsletter, he established Privacy Laws & Business in 1987. Its first service was the Privacy Laws & Business International Newsletter which has now developed to become the hub of a comprehensive global information service reporting on over 100 countries with data protection legislation and proposed legislation. Privacy Laws & Business services include consulting, conferences, training, recruitment, the Privacy Laws & Business UK Report (which also covers the Freedom of Information Act), advice to companies and policy makers, and the Privacy Officers Network.

Stewart was a founder and first Chairman of the UK's Data Protection Forum. He has spoken on data protection/privacy law at conferences in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Finland, Germany, France, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, the Netherlands, Portugal, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, the UK and the USA and to groups, such as the International Association of Privacy Professionals, the Institute of Chartered Accountants, The Records Management Society, the Information Systems Audit and Control Association, and the International Pension and Employee Benefits Lawyers Association.

 

Laura Linkomies
Editor, Privacy Laws & Business Reports      
UK

 

 

 

 

Laura Linkomies is Editor of Privacy Laws & Business International and UK Reports, and PL&B enews service. Laura oversees the whole editorial process from researching, commissioning and managing freelancers to writing about a wide range of legislative and management issues within privacy, data protection and freedom of information. She also assists in conference planning and public relations, and provides secretariat services for the PL&B European Privacy Officers’ Network.

Laura first joined Privacy Laws & Business as Associate Editor for the International Report in 1997 and launched the UK Report in 2000. Before joining Privacy Laws & Business, she worked at the UK Information Commissioner's Office as a European Secretariat Officer facilitating co-operation with European Union national Data Protection Commissioners. Laura has also worked as freelance business content writer for Sweet & Maxwell, and written for several publications in Finland.

Laura holds a Masters degree in Political Science and Journalism from University of Tampere, Finland, and Advanced Certificate in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing. She is fluent in English and Finnish, and has a working knowledge of Swedish, Italian and German.