• Access to practical advice remains a key challenge for exporters at Data Protection Forum

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    Pictured L-R: Hugh Kelly, President of the Irish Exporters Association; Helen Dixon, Data Protection Commissioner; Dara Murphy, T.D, Minister of State at the Departments of the Taoiseach and Foreign Affairs with Special Responsibility for European Affairs and Data; His Excellency Kevin F. O’ Malley, Ambassador, U.S. Embassy Dublin, Ireland; Daniel Weitzner, the Director of the MIT CSAIL Decentralized Information Group and former United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Internet Policy in the White House; Fidelma McGuirk, CEO of Taxback.com and Simon McKeever, Chief Executive, Irish Exporters Association at the Data Protection Forum at the American Ambassador’s Residence.

    2015 – Dublin – The Irish Exporters Association (IEA), the voice of the export industry in Ireland, together with the Embassy of the United States of America and Taxback.com, last night hosted a Data Protection Forum & Dinner which addressed the ongoing concerns of data protection and privacy issues. Guest speaker Daniel Weitzner, Director of the MIT CSAIL Decentralized Information Group and former United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Internet Policy in the White House covered a range of challenges and offered practical advice to meet privacy and security issues. The event which took place at the U.S. Ambassador’s Residence in the Phoenix Park brought together 50 guests from across the export industry.

    The Forum provided a unique platform for exporters to strengthen their existing links between Ireland and the US and drive Ireland’s on-going engagement in discussions around bilateral Trade and Investment opportunities and policy.

    In attendance were representatives from the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade, Department of the Taoiseach, Helen Dixon, Data Protection Commissioner as well as Irish companies exporting to the US and US companies with a presence in Ireland.

    Dara Murphy, T.D, Minister of State at the Departments of the Taoiseach and Foreign Affairs with Special Responsibility for European Affairs and Data Protection commented: “The world of data has changed so much that a teenager with a mobile phone carries vastly more memory power in one hand than the Gemini astronauts carried into space, and at a tiny fraction of the cost. The great increase in the amount of data being generated runs directly parallel with the growth in importance placed on the protection of data in both the US and the EU.”

    His Excellency Kevin F. O’ Malley, Ambassador, U.S. Embassy Dublin, Ireland said: As President Obama said just last month, the 21st century is a dizzying age of technology and innovation, and in that age, so much of the prosperity that we seek, so many of the jobs that we create, so much of the opportunity that’s available for the next generation depends on our digital economy.  It depends on our ability to search and connect and shop and do business and create and discover and learn online, in cyberspace.  This extraordinary interconnection creates enormous opportunities, but unfortunately also creates enormous vulnerabilities.  If we’re going to be connected, then we need to be protected.”

    Hugh Kelly, President of the Irish Exporters Association commented: “We are delighted to be at the forefront of such an important issue and provide a platform where we can educate our members. In this fast paced world we need to be more open to self-educating and take responsibility for the role technology plays in our ability to do business nationally and globally. As individuals we have a right to privacy and as organisations we have a responsibility to comply with data protection principles and understand the regulations that are in place.”

    Simon McKeever, Chief Executive of the Irish Exporters Association said, “The Supper Club is a bespoke series of events which we offer to our members. The IEA provides a wide range of services and events to keep organisations up to speed with the issues that really matter. By providing a platform for exporters to network around similar issues, they can share experiences and learn from each-other.”                   

    Fidelma McGuirk, CEO of Taxback.com and winner of the Services Exporter of the Year at the Export Industry Awards 2014 commented: “We’re delighted to be associated with the Supper Club events which provide a significant opportunity for business leaders to come together and discuss some of the challenges many of them face and hurdles which they have overcome, particularly in the area of global mobility and international payroll. The Irish Exporters Association supports our business by providing a platform for obtaining practical advice to Irish companies that export.”

    The Irish Exporters Supper Club is a series of exclusive dinners in association with Taxback.com aimed at providing a platform for Chief Executives, Managing Directors and Business Leaders to connect around exporting.

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