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October 28 2013

How to Work With Your European Data Protection Authority

At the IAPP Privacy Academy in Seattle, Washington, Harriet Pearson, Partner in the Hogan Lovells Privacy and Information Management Practice, hosted a breakout session entitled: How to Work with Your European Data Protection Authority. The Session featured Billy Hawkes, Data Protection Commissioner of Ireland, and focused on providing privacy practitioners with practical advice on how to approach a Data Protection Authority (DPA) and earn their trust. The session also addressed practical compliance questions for European markets, gave advice on making successful regulatory filings, and gave tips for handling complaints and other challenging situations. Lovells has published Working with your European DPA, a quick-reference resource guide on how to build a productive relationship with your DPA and featuring contact information of all national European Data Protection Authorities and the European Data Protection Supervisor. Steps to a productive relationship with your DPA include: In the jurisdictions important to your organization, identify the DPAs and their key staff, Understand the DPA 's current priorities and prior statements and positions, and Identify the filing and registration requirements in the DPA 's jurisdiction, and make sure your organization takes steps to comply.