ProPrivacy provides premier GDPR, data protection, privacy and electronic Law consulting, auditing and training with a global perspective to SMEs, micro businesses, and startups that need help or are growing a privacy program in Cork and the rest of Ireland.
Hi, I'm Philipa Jane, but most people call me Pips. My role at ProPrivacy is to provide compliance advice and training on data protection (GDPR), privacy (ePR) and electronic law matters to SMEs in Cork and throughout Ireland. I help manage data breaches, data subject access requests, and I provide Data Protection Officer support for when checks and balances or a 'sanity check' are required.
I am a computer science (Bachelor of Science in Artificial Intelligence Programming) and electronic and intellectual property law (LLB) qualified business adviser. I am trained in Constitutional Rights Litigation. I have twenty years of experience working in different sized businesses and across different sectors. I have a solid, broad overview of operational, risk, compliance and internet-security related matters.
I am an analytical and focused person that enjoys a challenge in the workplace. I love technology, systems and people and have a passion for showing people how technology can make life easier and better. I understand that the world is driven by data today but privacy is paramount. Responsibly developed AI excites me for the future.
If you want to connect for a chat, find me on Twitter :-)
I work with startups and Small-to-Medium Enterprises. I especially appreciate businesses implementing Privacy by Design and SMEs working on their data protection and privacy programs and protocols. If your business is tech-related, that's an added bonus for me :-) My clients understand that ethics matter and privacy is a value to be infused throughout operations. Sizes range from family owned and micro businesses to well-established larger businesses and include private, State and Semi-State bodies.
My husband, whose family is Irish, and I made the decision to relocate to Ireland from South Africa in 2017 with our two daughters. We have enjoyed a warm welcome from new friends and the community where we have settled and we couldn't be happier. To answer the usual questions:
Where are we from in South Africa? We lived in the Midlands in KwaZulu-Natal near the Drakensberg mountains. That would be pretty much in the middle of the country. We enjoyed a really rural life there.
Do we miss the weather? The weather is not very different as we had more rain annually in non-drought years but it is much more damp here in Cork. We don't really miss the heat and sun but maybe we will in a few years.
What about the accent? We were surrounded by so many different nationalities and accents, understanding another accent is no worry.
Will we learn Irish? Learning Irish is a challenge that the smallest child is winning so far.
Do we miss the food? We do miss biltong but if you ask us to bring South African food somewhere you'll most likely get a milk tart or bobotie as biltong is possibly an acquired taste/texture.