12th Annual Data Protection Practical Compliance Conference



16th & 17th November 2017 - Dublin, Ireland


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Speakers Presentations (Day 1 - Thursday, 16th November 2017) 


On the first day of the Conference, Thursday 16th November 2017, delegates hear from the leading experts on data protection. There is plenty of opportunity questions and networking during the day.


Rob Corbet - Arthur Cox

 Conference Chair:

 Rob Corbet - Arthur Cox



This Conference provides plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion, as well as networking with other Information and Compliance professionals and advisers. There is a 3-course sit-down lunch on both days, as well as a wine and canapés reception at the end of the first day.



Speaker Programme



Helen Dixon, Data Protection CommissionerKeynote Address

Helen Dixon - Data Protection Commissioner for Ireland

Under the General Data Protection Regulation, national data protection regulators will receive sweeping new powers, including the power to fine organisations up to €20 million or 4% of annual worldwide turnover. Helen Dixon, the Irish Data Protection Commissioner, describes her new powers and lets delegates know how she intends to use them.


Eduardo Ustaran, Hogan LovellsPrivacy Shield and Data Exports in the Trump Era

Eduardo Ustaran - Hogan Lovells

The Trump Administration’s attitude to international obligations seems obscure and confusing. What is the US Administration’s likely position on the Privacy Shield and how will it affect data exports from Europe? How will the GDPR affect data exports from Ireland to non-EEA countries? This talk considers the answers to these questions and provides practical advice on what can organisations do to protect themselves both now and after 25th May 2018.


Colin Rooney, Arthur CoxWhat the GDPR means for your Commercial Contracts

Colin Rooney – Arthur Cox

As consumers and citizens become more aware of their rights as data subjects, organisations will need to be more innovative in their consent and permissions practices. Whilst consent is a core focus of the GDPR we must remember that other mechanisms can legitimise data processing. This talk examines the concepts of explicit consent, transparency and legitimate interests under the GDPR, and gives practical examples of how to use these mechanisms in the new era. 


Olivia Mullooly, Arthur Cox

GDPR & ePrivacy – Necessary Changes to Your Advertising and Marketing Strategies

Olivia Mullooly - Arthur Cox

Although advertising and marketing are key aspects of conducting business, these activities can attract a range of penalties if appropriate compliance mechanisms and safeguards are not in place. This talk discusses the changes that will be made under the GDPR and the e-Privacy Regulation (both of which become effective in May 2018) including new rules on consent, profiling and marketing communications. 


Jenai NissimConsent and Legitimate Interests under the GDPR

Jenai Nissim - TLT London

Consent and legitimate are two of the six methods of legitimising personal data processing in Europe. They will still exist under the GDPR, but the way that they operate will be different. This talk looks at the ways in which organisations may need to amend their processing systems and/or documentation so that they can continue to use these legitimising conditions after May 2018.


Sinead Ovenden, PWC

The Changing Role of Data Protection Officers

Sinead Ovenden - PwC

Under the new regime not only will Data Protection Officers be compulsory for many organisations, but their job descriptions will change. In addition, DPOs must be qualified and independent, and will have unprecedented job security. This session looks at the changing role of DPOs, and at how those working in data protection can start to prepare. 


Suzanne Rodway

Three Key Steps to Prepare for the GDPR

Suzanne Rodway – RBS

In this session, Suzanne Rodway describes three things that she has introduced in RBS to change the internal culture to one that is ready for the new law that will apply from May 2018. She provides delegates with insights into her experience of how best to implement the changes, with minimum disruption and maximum efficiency.


Ashley RoughtonThe Impact of Brexit on Irish Organisations

Ashley Roughton - Venner Shipley London

When the UK leaves the EU in 2019, free movement will no longer apply. In addition, the UK may be a ‘third country’ for data export purposes. In this talk, Ashley describes the likely effect of Brexit on Irish organisations (and non-Irish organisations with operations in Ireland), and provides guidance on what can be done to prepare for the change.




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Timings for the Speakers' Presentations Day

Registration: 9.00am
Conference starts: 9.30am
Conference ends: 5.00pm
Wine & Canapés Reception: 5.00pm





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Eirecom Limited


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Bishopstown Credit Union

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Central Bank of Ireland


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Irish Continental Group plc


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Irish Water


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University College Cork


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