Idriss Kechida
  • Match Group
Ireland
Idriss Kechida

Idriss Kechida

  • Match Group
Ireland

What do you do?

I am VP, Associate General Counsel & Chief Privacy Officer at Match Group (Tinder, Hinge, Match, Pairs, Meetic…).

I work with senior executives to design, build and operate data privacy programs that promote and ensure good data handling practices, support business growth, enable innovation, maximise market differentiation and minimise legal and reputational risks.

Why data?

Privacy/data protection has so many things that I love. It is still nascent relative to many other legal fields, it is inextricably linked with technology and it gives me the opportunity to not only review and advise on the law but also build structures, processes and policies that make an impact on the organisation.

What’s keeping you busy?

So many things! The ever-growing number of privacy laws in the world, the intersections between privacy and other fields like competition and safety…

What mentors or other influential figures have helped you get where you are today?

I never really had any one mentor. I have been very fortunate that over time, all my managers have been leaders in their respective practices and have always been keen on giving me all the guidance I needed.

If you could change one data-related law, how and why would you change it? 

ePrivacy. I would ensure that a proper balance is found between data privacy rights and public safety, in particular when it comes to child exploitation and abuse.

How has covid-19 affected what you do?

Covid-19 really had me put an emphasis on ensuring the physical and mental wellbeing of everyone in my team and empowering them to work differently.

What’s the next big thing – what data opportunities are companies now looking at?

Artificial intelligence, machine learning, blockchain technology… Although these data-driven technologies are already being used, I believe we’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg.

What’s keeping companies worried at the moment – what are some key data risks?

While not topical, the usual suspects – such as preventing potential data breaches – are always here. Other topics of immediate relevance may include special requirements over transfers of personal data and the coming patchwork of privacy laws in the US.

What do you do to relax?

Play/hang out with my kids! My job can be very time consuming so any chance I get, I make sure I spend it with my family.

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