IBM’s chief privacy officer, Cristina Cabella, believes GDPR is an opportunity to change the culture on privacy.

Cristina Cabella leads a global team of legal, data protection and technical professionals who address privacy and data security across IBM’s business. She also leads IBM’s global engagement in public policy, and industry initiatives on data security and privacy.

Cabella was in Dublin recently for the Irish Government-backed international Data Summit.

“In the market, I see GDPR as a great opportunity to make this culture shift and make privacy more understandable and more leveraged as an opportunity to improve the way we protect data, rather than be perceived as a very niche area that is only for technical experts,” she told

“So I think it is a great opportunity in that sense.”

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