Simon McDougall

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U.K. Information Commissioner's Office

Executive Director, Technology Policy and Innovation

Simon took up the position of Executive Director in October 2018. A member of the Executive Team, he is responsible for leading the work of the Technology Policy and Innovation Directorate, ensuring delivery of ICO strategic goals through stakeholder liaison, guidance, research and international activity. 

His work includes helping the ICO identify, understand and address emerging technologies with privacy implications, supporting the ICO’s innovation agenda, and making the ICO itself more ‘tech savvy’.

Prior to this appointment, Simon led a global privacy consulting practice at Promontory, an IBM company, leading projects across Europe, the US and Asia. He previously led a similar team for Deloitte in the UK.  

Simon is qualified as a Chartered Accountant, and a long time ago read English Literature at Somerville College, Oxford.

 

Contributions by Simon McDougall

  • Carrot? Stick? Or Sandbox? How to Regulate in the 21st Century
    Speaker at IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress 2019
  • Constructive Engagement vs. Enforcement: Initial DPA Experiences Under the GDPR
    Speaker at Global Privacy Summit 2019
  • Privacy and AI – Opportunities and Challenge, and How to Harness them
    Speaker at London KnowledgeNet: 26 March 2019
  • Innovative and Regulatory Oversight
    Speaker at IAPP Data Protection Intensive: UK 2019
  • Opening General Session
    Speaker at IAPP Data Protection Intensive: UK 2019
  • The Role of Data Review Boards in Data Protection
    Speaker at IAPP Data Protection Intensive: UK 2019
  • Privacy and Innovation
    Speaker at Manchester KnowledgeNet: 10 January 2019
  • Ethics, Data Protection and the Future of Civilisation
    Speaker at IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress 2018
  • The Future of ‘Privacy as the New Normal’: What Will It Look Like?
    Speaker at IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress 2018
  • Privacy in APAC: Views from Privacy Professionals
    Moderator at IAPP Europe Data Protection Intensive 2018
  • Big Ideas & Buzzwords—What Does Data Ethics Mean for the Privacy Professional?
    Moderator at Global Privacy Summit 2018
  • Introducing GDPR: A Primer for Asian Professionals
    Speaker at Hong Kong KnowledgeNet: 27 September 2017
  • The Great Big Idea You Need to Know
    Speaker at IAPP Europe Data Protection Intensive 2016
  • The Only Thing That's Changed Is Everything: Did Snowden Make a Difference?
    Moderator at IAPP Europe Data Protection Intensive 2016
  • Mission Impossible: Complying with Banking Secrecy, Privacy and AML Obligations
    Moderator at Global Privacy Summit 2016
  • Member of Board of Directors 2016 - 2018
  • Only the Young: Young People's Attitudes Toward Data Privacy?Straight from the Source
    Speaker at IAPP Europe Data Protection Intensive 2015
  • Member of European Advisory Board 2015 - 2016
  • EU and US Data Sharing- Can Tensions Be Resolved?
    Speaker at IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress 2014