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Data Protection 2020 Virtual Summit | Three Days to Go!

Michael Behr


Data Protection 2020 Virtual Summit

This year’s Data Protection Summit will feature insights on security architecture, privacy, international data sharing and consent.

It is now just three days until DIGIT’s 2020 Data Protection (DP) Virtual Summit, held on Thursday 10th December.

The summit will feature talks from frontline practitioners exploring the key trends, challenges and best practice in data protection.

As well as this, the event will provide an update from the Information Commissioners Office (ICO); discussing the Age Appropriate Design Code, the Data Sharing Code of Practice and examining some of the persisting areas of misconception and non-compliance.

When GDPR first came into force in 2018, it raised the bar of obligation and accountability for businesses and organisations across Scotland, ensuring that they all handle personal data correctly and adhere to strict regulations around privacy, security and consent.

Two years on and the landscape continues to shift, with the Schrems II ruling, geopolitical tensions, and uncertainty around a post-Brexit adequacy decision creating a challenging environment for data protection practitioners.

2020 speakers include:

  • Toby Hayes, Global Data Protection Controller, Pladis Global
  • Vivienne Artz, Chief Privacy Officer, Refinitiv
  • Maureen Falconer, Regional Manager, ICO
  • Caitlin Fennessy, Research Director, IAPP
  • Scott Barnett, Head of Information Security & Cyber, NHS NSS
  • Jenny Brotchie, Senior Policy Officer, ICO
  • Kami Vaniea, Lecturer in Cyber Security & Privacy, University of Edinburgh
  • Joe Byrne, Privacy Solutions Engineer, OneTrust
  • Sorcha Lorimer, Data Governance & Privacy, Global Open Finance CoE & Founder of Trace
  • Mark Stephen, Journalist & Broadcaster, BBC Scotland

Commenting on the event, DIGIT Director, Ray Bugg, said: “2020 has proved to be a challenging year right across the business. The organisational changes necessitated by Covid, like the shift to mass-scale remote working, has forced organisations to adapt and rethink how their data is stored and protected.

“Meanwhile, the rise of track and trace systems and the recent Schrems II ruling have ensured privacy and data sharing have remained firmly under the spotlight.

“At DP 2020, we aim to bring some context to the changing landscape and the challenges that businesses are facing and provide a chance for practitioners to come together to share their insight, learn from their peers and discuss how we can keep moving privacy and data protection forward in our organisations.

“We’ve got a great line-up for this year’s programme and we look forward to welcoming you to our final event of 2020.”

Going Virtual

The Summit will be run as a fully virtual event. The event will retain all of the main features of our physical conference programme – with keynote talks, breakouts, Q&A and an exhibition – all hosted live on a virtual platform.

Register Now!

Register your free* place online at

The conference is free to attend for personnel working Technical, IT, Digital or C-level roles at end-user organisations.

Michael Behr

Senior Staff Writer

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