The Future of Privacy brings together global audience in virtual event

Author: Amanda Gray

The world's top privacy lawyers and scholars will discuss the future of privacy in an exclusive online event August 27, with opening remarks from former Irish President Mary McAleese and a keynote presentation by Irish Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon. 

“The Future of Privacy, from Ireland to America,” co-hosted by Twitter and Notre Dame Law School's Program on Intellectual Property & Technology Law, will consider the lessons of European data protection law, and particularly its implementation in Ireland, for privacy and data protection regulation in the rest of the world.

“No country in the world has been more important to the development of privacy and data protection law than Ireland, particularly since implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation,” said Mark McKenna, John P. Murphy Foundation Professor of Law and director of the Program on Intellectual Property & Technology Law. “Given Notre Dame’s strong connection with Ireland and our program’s deep interest in privacy, we are thrilled to be able to bring together this remarkable group of experts to take stock of the Irish and European experience and evaluate the many new regulations competing for primacy in this area. And we’re grateful for Twitter’s partnership in pulling this together.” 

Following Commissioner Dixon’s keynote presentation, the event will feature a roundtable discussion with Irish and American experts that focuses on the ways the GDPR shapes our understanding of privacy and how compliance with the legislation shapes the privacy practices of American technology companies in Ireland and around the world. Speakers will evaluate the effectiveness of GDPR and consider the future of privacy regulation, the relationship between privacy and data protection, and emerging competitive regulatory frameworks, including the California Consumer Privacy Act. 

Participants include:

  • Damien Kieran, Global Protection Data Officer at Twitter
  • Christina Montgomery, Vice President and Chief Privacy Officer of the IBM Corporation
  • Rob Corbet, Partner at Arthur Cox in Dublin
  • Woodrow Hartzog, Professor of Law and Computer Science, Northeastern University School of Law
  • William McGeveran, Professor of Law, University of Minnesota School of Law
  • Dr. Eoin O’Dell, Associate Professor, School of Law, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin

“At Twitter, protecting and defending the privacy of the people on our service is built into the core DNA of our company,” said Sinéad McSweeney, vice president of Public Policy EMEA and managing director of Twitter Ireland. “We are committed to working collaboratively with the academic and legal community, and with our industry peers, to improve the data and privacy protections we offer to the people who use our services. We are pleased to co-host this special event with Notre Dame Law School, and look forward to joining the conversation on lessons learned from the General Data Protection Regulation and its implementation, and discussing the future of privacy and data protection.”

This event reflects Notre Dame Law School’s increased presence in Ireland. The Law School’s students may participate in an exchange program at Trinity College Dublin; and faculty hold scholarly conferences at Kylemore Abbey in Connemara and with Notre Dame’s Dublin Global Gateway. The Law School has also partnered with leading Irish law firms in Dublin, including Whitney Moore, William Fry, A&L Goodbody, Mason Hayes & Curran, and Philip Lee, to create the Dublin Honor Scholars Program, which allows select students to work at these firms as legal interns the summer after their first year of law school.

“After Brexit, Ireland will be the key English-speaking common law jurisdiction in Europe, and will be the cornerstone of trans-Atlantic trade,” said Notre Dame Law School Joseph A. Matson Dean G. Marcus Cole. “Notre Dame’s long and increasing presence in Ireland offers the opportunity for American, Irish, and European lawyers to develop innovative solutions to emerging legal issues, while facilitating trade between the two largest and most advanced markets in the world.”  

Registration is free but required by August 17 for the August 27 event. Please respond to this form to register and get your invitation link via email.

Originally published by Amanda Gray at on July 08, 2020.