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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) & Data Privacy Program

February 6 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Athena GDPR CCPA event

Organized by

Athena’s Technology Special Interest Group (TSIG) Committee

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the most important change in data privacy regulation in 20 years. The regulation will fundamentally reshape the way in which data is handled across every sector, from healthcare to banking and beyond. Also passed in early 2018, and going into effect January 2020 is the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA). It’s a major signal that unions, countries, and states are taking consumer rights to privacy seriously.

Join us in this engaging and interactive panel discussion to learn how you can start on the journey to GDPR/CCPA compliance.

In this panel, we will discuss the following:

  • What, exactly, are GDPR and CCPA?
  • The Principals of Privacy
  • How do I identify and find my high-risk data?
  • What does extraterritorial mean and how will it impact me?
  • How does GDPR/CCPA compare to HIPPA?
  • How can I start a privacy program at work?

Meet the Panelists

  Reem Allos
Senior Associate | KMPG
Reem Allos is a Senior Associate at KPMG where she focuses her practice on data privacy. Her primary role at the firm is to assist high-tech clients with operational compliance with GDPR and CaCPA. She’s an active privacy professional in San Diego and enjoys meeting with local privacy engineers and attorneys to discuss ever-evolving data privacy regulations around the globe. Moreover, she assisted in the research and review of the KPMG firm-wide publication on the CaCPA.
She holds a B.S. in Computer Science, M.S. in Software Engineering, and J.D. in Law.  She is a Certified Information Privacy Professional and holds a CIPP/E and a CIPT.

  Marines Mercado
Senior Privacy Analyst | ResMed
Marines has over 12 years of experience in building and managing effective, global privacy programs, with a background in Information Security. She currently works for ResMed Corp, a tech-driven medical device company with a focus on enhancing the lives of those who suffer from sleeping disorders. Her current role focuses in areas such as: privacy by design, vendor reviews, performing impact assessments, data inventory and ensuring compliance to global privacy laws such as GDPR, HIPAA, LGPD, PIPEDA and the soon CCPA. She is passionate about balancing practical, effective privacy practices with business goals.
Prior to ResMed, Marines worked at Qualcomm where she worked closely with Privacy Legal and the Information Security Risk Management team on driving privacy compliance across the company. Before that, she worked at Intel where she was instrumental in helping mature the company’s global privacy program and worked closely with engineering teams on designing privacy into their products and services.
She is a Certified Information Privacy Professional for both the US and the EU and a Certified Information Program Manager.
She currently co-chairs San Diego’s International Association of Privacy Professionals KnowledgeNet Chapter.

  Robert Meyers
Information Technology Director & Enterprise Architect | Managed Solution
Robert has a background in Identity and Access Systems & Information Security over a period of nearly three decades, including over 10 years in planning, supporting and managing privacy programs. As Managed Solution’s Director of Architecture he has conceived, piloted, and implemented an effective assessment system for data privacy and compliance. Having spent the majority of his career focused on identity, and making sure the right person has access only to the right (approved) data access, has led him directly to a focus on privacy. With over thirty industry certifications (including MCSE and PSM), he is a self-driven technologist and is motivated to help keep you secure and compliant.
Robert is also a Certified Information Privacy Technologist, Microsoft Certified Systems Expert, and Certified Information Security Manager which are especially important as Robert works closely with highly regulated industries such as Healthcare, Finance, and Biotech.

  Chris Vera
Manager, Office of Customer Privacy | San Diego Gas & Electric
Chris Vera, CISSP, GLEG, GCFA, is a privacy and information security professional and IAPP member with over 20 years’ experience in the private sector. He builds and manages privacy and security programs, specializing in governance, program design, strategies, and organizational change management. Vera advises leaders on managing privacy risk and often speaks at events on privacy and security.
By night he writes poetry, makes music and designs games.



$35 Members; $55 Non-Members
Sponsored members complimentary with discount code


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