Joe Jones



Research & Insights Director

Joe Jones serves as the Director of Research and Insights for the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). Leading the Research & Insights team, he provides strategic direction and contributes to the development of practical content for privacy professionals on privacy law and policy, data protection management, and privacy technology and engineering. This work includes engaging with privacy leaders from industry, government, academia and civil society as he keeps IAPP members informed on data protection developments around the world.

Previously, Joe served as the Deputy Director for International Data Transfers with the UK Government where he led the team responsible for UK Government policies relating to free and secure flow of data internationally. This included work on data adequacy partnerships, alternative transfer mechanisms, and multilateral initiatives that promote the trusted exchange of data across borders. Other prior roles include serving as the UK Government’s Deputy Head of Digital Trade policy and working in the private sector as a lawyer on international data issues with Covington & Burling LLP .

Joe has been globally recognized as a leader in privacy law and policy. In 2022, Politico named him as the fourth most influential ‘rulemaker’ in Europe as well as the Digital policy ‘Wonk of the week’ in September of 2021.

He has led dozens of UK Government diplomatic delegations or missions, holds over 200 public and private speaking credits on data protection and transfers, and has contributed frequently to academic and professional publications, including the National Law Review.

He received his BA in Jurisprudence (Law) with honors from the University of Oxford and his Legal Practitioner Course with honors from the University of Law.

Joe can be found on Twitter at @JoeGTJones and on LinkedIn at


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