Cecilia Alvarez Rigaudias

Director of Privacy Policy Engagement, EMEA at Meta

Cecilia Aalvarez Rigaudias is the EMEA Privacy Policy Director at Facebook since March 2019.  From 2015 to 2019, she served as European Privacy Officer Lead of Pzifer, Vice-Chair of the EFPIA Data Protection Group and Chairwoman of IPPC-Europe. For an interim period, she was also the Legal Lead of the Spanish Pfizer subsidiaries. She formerly worked 18 years in a reputed Spanish law firm, leading the data protection, IT and ecommerce areas of practice as well as the LATAM Data Protection Working Group.

Cecilia was the Chairwoman of APEP (Spanish Privacy Professional Association) until June and is currently in charge of its international affairs. She is also the Spanish member of CEDPO (Confederation of European Data Protection Organisations) and member of the Leadership Council of The Sedona Conference (W-6).

She is a member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Jurisprudence and Legislation in the section of the Law on Technologies of the Information and the Knowledge as well as Arbitrator of the European Association of Arbitration (ITC Section).

She formed part of the Volunteer Group of Privacy Experts of the OECD (Working Party on information Security and Privacy; WPISP) in charge of the 2013 review of the OECD guidelines governing the protection of privacy and transborder data flows of personal data. She formerly participated in the Group of Experts selected by the Spanish DPA to prepare the Madrid Resolution on International Privacy Standards in 2009.

Cecilia has written numerous publications on data protection and regularly lectures on data protection, IT and ecommerce at different Masters Programs and seminars.

11.45 - 12.30

Tuesday RAID Virtual 2024

Panel 3: Rethinking Data Protection

  • Cultural Perspectives on Privacy: Understanding how attitudes toward personal privacy vary across cultures.
  • Global Consensus on Data Access: Exploring common ground on when governments and law enforcement access personal data.
  • Addressing Security Concerns: The impact of international data flows on security and proposing mitigating strategies.
  • Assessing GDPR's Ongoing Relevance: Evaluating the effectiveness of GDPR and responses of global data protection regulations.
  • Navigating Tech Legislation: Understanding the impact of DSA, AI Act, and other regulations on data protection.
  • Evolution of DPAs: Exploring the changing role of Data Protection Authorities in the current regulatory landscape