IAPP Privacy Academy 2013
  • I learned something valuable at every session, the networking opportunities were fantastic, and the keynote speakers were really great too.
  • The entire structure of the program is outstanding. Good speakers, great networking opportunities and good exhibits. One of the best conferences.
  • Very well organized, privacy-specific education, and great networking opportunities. Great educational resource as well.
  • Valuable information.
  • Maybe one of the best [experiences] I’ve had. Great to see some prior colleagues, and meet some new ones.
  • Great format and content.
  • I enjoyed the diversity of the speakers’ topics and professional backgrounds.
  • Hard choice to make for breakout sessions.
  • Overall experience was great!
  • The breakout sessions I attended were informative and interesting.
  • Fantastic gathering of privacy professionals.
  • Great topic range, knowledgeable and skilled professionals, great networking.
  • Solid conference. Great content and networking.

Billy Hawkes

Data Protection Commissioner of Ireland

Billy Hawkes was appointed Irish data protection commissioner in 2005 for a five-year term. He was reappointed in 2010 for a further five years.

As data protection commissioner, he has responsibility for overseeing the implementation in Ireland of Irish and European Union data protection legislation. He is a member of the European Union’s Article 29 Working Party and the joint supervisory bodies of EUROPOL and EUROJUST.

In 2009, Hawkes was appointed chair the Commission for the Control of INTERPOL’s Files.

Prior to his appointment, Hawkes worked as a civil servant in a number of government departments.