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.

 

Tony Delaney
Head, Special Investigations
Data Protection Commission
Ireland

 

 

 

  

 

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.

 

 

Adam Finlay
Partner
McCann FitzGerald
Ireland

 

 

 

  

 

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

 

 

 

  

 

Rachael Gallagher
Manager - Data Privacy
Deloitte Ireland LLP
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.

 

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.

 

Ken Macdonald
Head of ICO Regions
Information Commissioner’s Office
UK

 

 

 

  

 

Douglas McMahon
Senior Associate
McCann FitzGerald
Ireland

 

 

 

 

Joanne Neary
Solicitor
Data Protection Commission
Ireland

 

 

 

 

Sadhbh O'Sullivan
Senior Associate
McCann FitzGerald
Ireland

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Steve is passionate about big data and all things digital. With more than 20 years’ experience, designing, developing, managing and delivering transformational data, governance, privacy and security programmes, Steve’s vast experience as a pragmatic and charismatic leader, ideally places him as a ‘trusted advisor’ at board level on all privacy and security related matters. Steve is also a published author, a non-executive director and is regularly invited to speak at industry events, trade associations and thought leadership working groups, working towards continually finding new ways to increase trust and transparency in respect of consumer services, business functions and product vendors.

Steve strongly believes that governance, cyber security and privacy are all inextricably linked as they share common objectives and principles, and therefore, require satisfactory safeguards and assurances. From a business perspective, this can be achieved by building ‘data trust and assurance’ programmes based on the fundamental principles of transparency, accountability, protection, integrity, confidentially and availability, accompanied by clear policies and delivered through comprehensive training, integrated procedures and a robust compliance regime.

Having once served as a CISO, and as DPO for John Lewis Partnership and Unilever PLC, Steve has a full appreciation of what is required to get the job done in a cost effective, pragmatic and timely fashion with a natural ability to lead from the front, to coach others and to take responsibility consistently, courageously and with integrity.