As part of our work on the ARC Project, the DPC will be hosting a conference in Croke Park on May 11th 2022, specifically focusing on SMEs and their needs.

The Conference will have bespoke sessions focusing on Breach Mitigation and Risk Assessment; Legal Bases for Personal Data Processing, and meeting the Accountability Obligation with a focus on providing practical, scalable examples of GDPR compliance that will help delegates in their day-to-day work.

The ARC Project is an EU funded project aimed at raising SME awareness and understanding of their GDPR obligations and supporting their compliance efforts. The Project is being run in conjunction with the Croatian Data Protection Authority (AZOP) and Vrije University Brussels, and co-funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme of the European Union.

Guest speaker William Malcolm , will join the ARC Conference on May 11th. William leads Google‘s international privacy legal function, managing a team across London, Hamburg, Paris, Dublin and Singapore. During his time at Google, William has worked on multiple CJEU data protection cases and regulatory matters and has represented Google with global policy makers.

William has helped Google product and compliance teams formulate internal policies and compliance plans on a wide range of issues including GDPR, right to be forgotten, AI/ML, cloud privacy and international data transfers.

SMEs can register for this free event on May 11th in Croke Park by emailing, with the subject line “ARC Conference Registration” and include their name and the name of their business or organisation.

Director of Pembroke Privacy – Strand and practising lawyer Kate Colleary, will be joining us as a speaker for the ARC Conference on May 11th. Kate has been a qualified lawyer since 1999, working in large corporate law firms for almost two decades before founding Pembroke Privacy. She is also the Irish Country Leader for IAPP – International Association of Privacy Professionals, and she regularly speaks at conferences in the US, Europe, Middle East and Asia and is a Data Guidance expert, providing content on their global platform.
Kate delivers IAPP’s CIPP/E & CIPM training globally.

Kate also lectures on the Incorporated Law Society of Ireland and postgraduate courses in data protection law. She lectures lawyers on “the Role and Practice of the DPO”. She was one of only three Irish lawyers nominated for a Women in Law Award by the UK’s Lawyer Magazine.

Kate has decades of experience delivering data protection services. She leads a team of expert consultants who provide outsourced DPO services and data protection consulting services to global clients, including big tech, government bodies, hospital groups and financial services organisations.

Joining us as a guest speaker for the ARC Conference in Croke Park on May 11th, is TikTok Data Protection Officer Caroline Goulding. Caroline is a European privacy leader with a passion for privacy and legal related issues as they pertain to the digital landscape.

She brings with her a wealth of experience, having previously served as LinkedIn’s first Data Protection Officer and prior to that headed up LinkedIn’s Global Legal Policy Enforcement team covering a wide array of user and customer-facing legal issues, including IP and defamation, before data protection became her core focus. Caroline also sat on the Trust & Safety leadership team with exposure to a range of security matters including risk, fraud, and content issues.

Colin Rooney a partner in the Technology and Innovation Group Arthur Cox LLP, will join the ARC Conference on May 11th to speak from his extensive experience advising domestic and international clients on information management issues, with his data protection and information technology practice covering all aspects of data processing across all industry sectors. His practice also has a strong emphasis on commercial IT agreements.

Colin is a frequent speaker on data protection and freedom of information topics, including at the Data Protection Leadership Forum, which the Group launched in 2019. He is also a frequent contributor to various legal journals on the above-mentioned topics.

Rob van Eijk serves as the Future of Privacy Forum Managing Director for Europe and will be joining the May 11th ARC Conference to share his expertise.

In his role, van Eijk implements FPF’s agenda in Europe, overseeing its day-to-day operations, and managing relationships with stakeholders in the industry, government, academia, and civil society.

Prior to serving in this position, van Eijk worked at the Dutch Data Protection Authority (DPA) as Senior Supervision Officer and Technologist for nearly 10 years.

Guest speaker at the ARC Conference on May 11th Paul Lavery, a partner and the Head of the Technology & Innovation Group in McCann FitzGerald LLP, has provided specialist advice in the complex and continually evolving area of data protection law for over 23 years and is an expert in the field.

Paul advises a large number of private sector entities and public bodies on their data protection obligations under the GDPR, including advising on compliance strategies, fair and transparent processing notices, records of processing activities, legal bases for processing, data protection policies, subject access requests, personal data breaches and solutions to facilitate the transfer of data outside the EEA.

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