I got into Data Protection as a result of being responsible for a relatively simple piece of data protection in my previous company and struggling with it. In hindsight I always had an interest in this area – some would say I was born to it as my birthday is on International Data Protection day. This work suits me – I like to see the bigger picture, I love to solve problems, I like to understand how a product or service flows from start to finish and I have a very logical approach to things. All this suits my work as Operations Director in Fort Privacy.
It also feeds the area of work that I most enjoy which is Privacy by Design where I can be logical and creative at the same time – breaking new ground with clients by helping them build an innovative approach to data protection into their product and service design.
Ever since I met Marie in early 2017 we have been single minded in our mission to create a company that delivers services based at the entire processing activities of an organisation from a legal, IT and operational perspective. I am motivated by providing solutions to companies that enable both compliant data processing activities AND deliver commercial value.
As a lawyer, it is hugely rewarding for me to work with our multi-disciplined team in Fort Privacy. The GDPR is a complex piece of legislation that requires this multi-disciplined approach. If we can show organisations the way forward under the GDPR, that can only mean better adoption of the GDPR and that is important for all us individuals whose privacy rights it seeks to protect.
The services solution is just the beginning, in order to encourage GDPR adoption within organisations, we will be bringing software solutions to the market that will enable us to provide the standard of care that we envisage for our customers...watch this space!
John has worked in the sales and business development functions of the technology and medical device industries since qualifying as an electronics engineer. His focus has been on building more robust sales and business development pipelines using relevant, accurate and current data. He is a Certified Data Protection Officer.
Alan has been working in ICT risk and compliance for over 15 years having previously specialised in Business Continuity and Information Assurance. He holds qualifications in computing, networks, business management and finance. He is a Certified Data Protection Officer and sits on the ACOI's Data Protection Working Group.
Alan has a BSc in Computer Science and for over 15 years has been helping clients with their web application and data protection needs. He specialises in helping clients in the Recruitment sector navigate their data protection challenges. He is a CDPP, Certified Data Protection Officer & Scrum Master.
Laura is a Master of Laws (LLM) graduate of UCC and has a particular interest human rights law and surrounding issues. She believes that the protection of personal data and the right to privacy are closely connected with the individuals’ independence, dignity and integrity and enjoys working with clients who are actively engaging in the protection of those rights.