The Association of Data Protection Officers

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87-89 Pembroke Road
Dublin 4

Phone: +353 1 644 7820
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About Us

In February 2012, the ICS formally launched the Association of Data Protection Officers (ADPO). The Association is a membership organisation for those who are actively working as Data Protection Officers in their respective organisations, or who regularly deal with personal data.

The Association offers Data Protection Officers an opportunity to share ideas, voice concerns, seek clarity on new legislation, and offer their own insights on the demands and challenges of the job. Membership is open to anyone who fills a data management role within their organisation, whether formally or informally. The objective of the Association is to provide clarity on issues, raise awareness of the legislation and to offer its members a forum where these topics can be discussed.

At a time when we are seeing more and more data-related issues arising in the media, this Association is both topical and relevant. It addresses the requirements of anyone who is striving to define a data management strategy, establishing practical processes and structures for their organisation to achieve and maintain compliance with the Irish DP legislation.

In parallel, we are facing into a period of considerable change in this area – new Regulations are being proposed which will mean significant challenges for any organisation which manages personal data as part of its sales, marketing or deployment strategy.

Senior Data Protection Officers from a broad range of Irish public-sector and commercial organisations have kindly agreed to form the inaugural Steering Committee of the Association, and they will be introduced to the press and to attendees at this year's Data Protection Conference.

Our Annual Conference

The National Data Protection Conference is run by ADPO and ICS every January to coincide with Data Protection Day on January 28th. The conference has been running since 2009, focusing on big issues in the privacy and cybersecurity space. In recent years, our focus has been on the impact of the General Data Protection Regulation on businesses and organisations across Ireland and beyond.

We always aim to provide the most thought-provoking and engaging presenters, with a balance of perspectives and viewpoints. Previous speakers have included Seamus Carroll, Giovanni Buttarelli, Helen Dixon (Data Protection Commissioner), Mark Rasdale, Dara Murphy TD and other thought leaders in the area. Due to its popularity, the conference has been a two-day event for the past few years, comprising of workshops and expert presentations/ panels. We are very proud of the success we have achieved up to now with this conference, and we look forward to the next one. For more information on the Data Protection Conference, please contact or visit


The Association of Data Protection Officers is conveniently located in the heart of Ballsbridge.

Our close proximity to the city centre means we are easily accessible by both public and private transport with a range of amenities in the vicinity.


Dart to Landsdowne Road Station
Bus routes: 4, 7, 8, 18 and 120

Contact Us

ADPO Ireland
87-89 Pembroke Road
Dublin 4

Phone : 353 1 644 7820

Email :

Opening Hours

9am to 5pm Monday to Friday