My greatest accomplishment has been supporting the government of Bermuda in scoping out, drafting and presenting their own data protection law. It was a long-term project where I was one member of a bigger team, but hugely enjoyable.
The biggest challenge for me has been getting the right balance of how much I want my job to take over my life! As a data protection lawyer it’s critical to be able to read about new developments in technology and regulation – it’s vital to carve out time to read and reflect on what your peers are saying but it has been very challenging in the last 12 months to find that time.
I would advise aspiring privacy professionals to develop a healthy curiosity for all things privacy, from the iPhone in your pocket to the way your bank uses your data. Not being a technical expert should not prevent you from developing a sufficient enough understanding of how personal data is being used and what the key privacy issues are.