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Microsoft announces support for Irish Data Summit

Written by Robert McHugh, on 13th Jun 2017. Posted in Technology

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Microsoft has today announced support for the Europe-wide Data Summit event taking place in Dublin later this week.

The planned event is a forward-thinking global conference on the role of data in our economy and society and will take place over two days later this week – the 15th and 16th of June 2017. Microsoft, together with other industry leaders is partnering with the Department of the Taoiseach and the Government Data Forum to help bring this important event on data protection, security and privacy to fruition. 

Microsoft is a member of the Government Data Forum, which was established in July 2015 to advice the Irish Government on opportunities and challenging arising from the growth of the digital economy, in particular those arising from the continuing growth in the generation and use of personal data. Members of the Forum are drawn from industry, civil society, the public sector and a range of academic disciplines.

Among the Data Summit’s key speakers will be Chris White (Microsoft Principal Researcher), John Frank (Vice-President for EU Government Affairs), Marie-Charlotte Roques Bonnet (Director for EMEA Privacy Policy), Cornelia Kutterer (Senior Director for EU Government Affairs, Privacy and Digital Policies) and Microsoft’s Associate General Counsel, Geff Brown.

Commenting on the Data Summit, Managing Director of Microsoft Ireland, Cathriona Hallahan said, "We are delighted to support the Government in this important event. Data protection and security are at the core of our business model and are issues of growing interest and concern to our customers – both at an organisational and individual level. It is critically important that we play our role in helping people know and understand the key issues at stake in the data protection discussion."

She added, "The Data Summit will put a spotlight on these issues and will create an opportunity for meaningful debate on a range of relevant issues for our economy and society here in Ireland and indeed across Europe."

Source: www.businessworld.ie

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