A Discussion With Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon About GDPR Compliance Strategies

With the effective date of the GDPR fast-approaching, Ireland – the site of the European headquarters of tech giants such as Apple, Google and Facebook – is at the forefront of data protection and privacy enforcement. Leading the effort is Helen Dixon, Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner. In January 2017, we spoke to Commissioner Dixon about the “game-changing” nature of the GDPR. The first installment of our two-part series includes her views on the most challenging compliance issues for companies, strategies to get buy-in from the C-suite for compliance resources (including the threat of the heavy fines the Commissioner can levy), and successful compliance models she has seen. In the second article in our series, she discusses compliance with the non-harmonized areas of the GDPR, its enforcement structure, enforcement challenges for the data protection authorities, and answers criticism of the law's penalties.

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