18th Annual Data Protection Practical Compliance Conference - November 2023


Data Protection Conference

In-person / Virtual


Thursday 9th & Friday 10th November 2023 - Dublin City Centre


In-Person Workshops - Day 2 (10th November 2023)


On the second day, delegates choose two Workshops (from a choice of four) to attend in-person at the Conference Venue in Central Dublin. Each Workshop is highly practical, led by Industry Experts where a range of key topics/themes are explored through case-studies and group activities.


Morning Workshops 


Catherine WalshWorkshop A:  Breach Notification: a Deep Dive into What, When and Who to Notify

Catherine Walsh - Senior Associate, McCann FitzGerald


This practical Workshop explores the often tricky subject of regulator and data subject notification under the GDPR. It looks at when notification must be made, what needs to be notified (and how this might be done) and who needs to be notified. Case studies and war stories will be used throughout the session to bring the materials to life. In particular, the Workshop covers:

  • Assessing the risk of a personal data breach
  • Identifying when notification is required and to whom
  • The form and approach to notification
  • Common challenges and how to overcome them


Adam FinlayWORKSHOP B:  Data Transfers – Understanding the New Requirements

Adam Finlay - Partner, McCann FitzGerald


We have long been familiar with the need to protect international transfers of personal data. More recently, there have been several changes, including updated standard contractual clauses in the EU and the end of the Brexit transition period, which means that many organisations are having to re-assess their data transfers. This Workshop provides practical guidance and advice, including:  

  • Improving your organisation’s approach to transfer risk assessments
  • Considering necessary steps to ensure a data transfer is suitably safeguarded
  • Understanding key issues and differences between available safeguards, and
  • Making effective use of the new forms of standard contractual clauses



Afternoon Workshops

Doug McMahonWORKSHOP C:  Implications of the Use of New Technologies in the Workplace

Doug McMahon - Partner, McCann FitzGerald


The use of new technologies can save time and improve efficiency. However, to ensure compliance with data protection laws, businesses must deploy new technologies, including AI, fairly in the workplace, including having an appropriate framework governing the deployment and sufficient oversight to manage any issues. This Workshop considers:

  • Using new technologies in an HR context and the challenges of ensuring compliance with data protection laws at all stages of the employment lifecycle including recruitment
  • The increasing opportunities for organisations to use new technologies to monitor employees
  • The competing interests between an employer's legitimate interest to ensure productivity in the workplace and an employee's right to privacy
  • Understanding what employers can lawfully monitor and what they cannot
  • The practical challenges that organisations face in ensuring compliance with both data protection laws and possible future regulation on AI

Ruth HughesWORKSHOP D:   Keeping up With Requirements on Privacy Notices / Transparency - "When is Good, Good Enough?"

Ruth Hughes - Senior Associate, McCann FitzGerald


Post GDPR, organisations benchmarked their initial approach to satisfying their online transparency obligations against where the market practice had settled, usually satisfying themselves that they were “middle of the pack” within the broad consensus that was reached on how to satisfy the GDPR’s requirements. Then the EDPB overruled the Irish DPC with a forensic analysis of WhatsApp’s privacy notice and practices. The EDPB’s broadside has left many controllers wondering whether their current online notices meet the newly clarified standards to achieve transparency. This Workshop includes:

  • A refresher of what the GDPR demands
  • Examples of how that was interpreted prior to the WhatsApp Decision
  • An analysis of the EDPB’s Decision and its impact
  • How to benchmark how your organisation’s transparency efforts rank currently
  • An analysis of where the transparency goal posts have been moved to and key insights into what will be needed in your organisation to bring transparency efforts up to scratch


 Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection (PC.dp.)



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Conference Testimonials


"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