Cecilia Álvarez

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Director, Privacy Policy, EMEA

Cecilia Álvarez Rigaudias is the EMEA Privacy Policy Director at Facebook since March 2019. From 2015 to 2019, she served as European Privacy Officer Lead of Pfizer, Vice-Chair of the EFPIA Data Protection Group and Chairwoman of IPPC-Europe. For an interim period, she was also the Legal Lead of the Spanish Pfizer subsidiaries. She formerly worked 18 years in a reputed Spanish law firm, leading the data protection, IT and ecommerce areas of practice as well as the LATAM Data Protection Working Group.

Cecilia was the Chairwoman of APEP (Spanish Privacy Professional Association) until June and currently in charge of its international affairs. She is also the Spanish member of CEDPO (Confederation of European Data Protection Organisations) and member of the Leadership Council of The Sedona Conference (W-6).

She is a member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Jurisprudence and Legislation in the section of the Law on Technologies of the Information and the Knowledge.

She formed part of the Volunteer Group of Privacy Experts of the OECD (Working Party on Information Security and Privacy; WPISP) in charge of the 2013 review of the OECD guidelines governing the protection of privacy and transborder data flows of personal data. 

Cecilia has written numerous publications on data protection and regularly lectures on data protection, IT and e-commerce at different Master’s programmes and seminars.

 

Contributions by Cecilia Álvarez

  • The Embrace of Privacy and Sustainability — How Privacy Became Part of ESG
    Speaker at IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress 2022
  • The DNA of Digital Regulation — Intersection or Helix?
    Speaker at IAPP Data Protection Intensive: UK 2022
  • Artificial Intelligence Regulation Draft — What To Make Of It In 5 Points!
    Speaker at IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress 2021
  • 2021 Privacy Challenges - Women Leading Privacy Have Their Say
    Speaker at Virtual Brussels KnowledgeNet: 11 March 2021
  • The Face Off — How Regulators Will Take on Facial Recognition Technology
    Web Conference Speaker
  • Speaker at IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress 2020 - Cancelled
  • Speaker at IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress 2020 - Cancelled
  • One Stop Shop in Practice: Lessons Learned
    Speaker at IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress 2019
  • Joint Controllership: That’s a Challenge!
    Speaker at IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress 2019