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John advises clients on all aspects of compliance with data-protection laws and regulations. He is a specialist on the European Union’s proposal for a new General Data Protection Regulation.
Prior to joining Promontory, John worked at the U.K. Ministry of Justice, where he was the head of EU and international data-protection policy. As head of the delegation to the Council of the European Union’s data-protection expert working group (DAPIX), he was the U.K. government’s lead negotiator on the proposed EU General Data Protection Regulation. This work also involved developing the government’s policy position on the proposed regulation, engaging with a wide range of stakeholders and advocates, and regularly briefing ministers. John also represented the U.K. at the European Commission's Article 31 Committee, which is responsible for determining the adequacy of non-EU data-protection regimes, including the U.S. Commerce Department’s Safe Harbor privacy scheme. He earlier represented the U.K. government in negotiations on reviewing the Hague Conventions on International Child Abduction and led the government’s outreach to domestic Muslim communities on issues related to family law.
- B.A. Hons., United States Studies, University of Essex