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San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

Preparing for the GDPR, The EU's Sweeping Data Privacy Reform Initiative

Thursday, 15 March, 11:30-12:30
Theater II, Hall E
Session organized by IEEE

Session Description

Passed in 2016, and due to take effect in May of 2018, The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the most important change in data privacy regulation in 20 years protecting individual’s personal data; impacting any organization interacting with companies, institutions, and citizens of the European Union.  In the US alone, it is estimated that over 52% of businesses will be impacted by GDPR.  This panel session will feature a wide range of professionals with varying perspectives on GDPR and how to comply with its guidelines.  Hear from IT and legal professionals working at the institutional level, representatives from the service-provider sector, and digital rights experts who will shed light on the impact of GDPR today and for future data privacy regulations yet to come.


Steve PloteSteve Plote, Optics Consulting Engineer, Nokia, USA

Steve Plote, is Optics Consulting Engineer at Nokia. He is currently responsible for the support of all Nokia sales teams in the Americas as well as Channel Partners.  Focusing on Network designs for the delivery of real time, next generation services for Video transport, Carrier Ethernet, Consumer Content Distribution, and Cloud Computing.  He has personal responsibility for the network engineering and support for the WEB2.0 and Content Service Providers in North America.  Mr. Plote has more than 30 years of experience in Data Center Interconnect, Telecommunications and LAN switching and transmission solutions.  Prior to joining Nokia, he was Solutions Business Development and CSP Systems Engineering at BTI Systems and prior to that was Solutions Sales Director at Tellabs.  He has many professional memberships and committee involvements including NANOG PC, OFC, MEF, IEEE, OSA. 


Priscilla AmalrajPriscilla Amalraj, Senior Director, Digital Center of Excellence, IEEE, USA

Priscilla currently leads the Digital Center of Excellence in the IT department at IEEE, reporting to the CIO. Most recently Priscilla is leading the GDPR program at IEEE. Her responsibilities primarily include: IEEE’s Digital Solutions & Enterprise Web Applications, Enterprise Web Services, Customer Relationship Management, Mobile Center of Excellence, Business Analytics Center of Excellence, Global IT and Cloud based applications (total staff responsibility of approximately 50). Priscilla has over twenty-five plus years of experience in Application Architecture, Software Development, Design and IT Project management specializing in the not-for-profit and media industries. In her tenure at IEEE, Priscilla led several large initiatives including the most successful IEEE Business Platform project ($40 million budget, over 150 staff participation) to introduce a new e-Commerce system with significant improvements to the member and customer user experience, which was launched on schedule and under budget. Prior to IEEE, Priscilla was a Principal Consultant at AT&T specializing in Oracle Applications. Priscilla is a Certified Association Executive, holds a Masters in Computer Applications from Madras University in India, is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a member of ASAE.

Mark WebberMark Webber, US Managing Partner, Fieldfisher, USA

Mark Webber is a US Managing Partner & Registered Foreign Legal Consultant with the European law firm Fieldfisher and is based full time in Silicon Valley.  As a European lawyer, his practice focuses on international technology and internet law.  He is a leading contract and regulatory specialist advising on EU based technology transactions, particularly those with a disruptive component.  He advises where cloud, digital and online technologies converge and leverage IP and/or data.  With EU/US personal data exchanges so fundamental to US technology offerings, a large proportion of his time is spent assisting with large global data transfer projects, GDPR "readiness", internal information governance and accountability structures, and data protection risk management in the context of EU inward investment.  Mark holds the CIPP(E) and is a member of the IAPP West Coast CIPP(E) training faculty.  See Twitter @digitechlaw and www.linkedin/in/markwebber.


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