Sony privacy chief Neil Matthews – the former global marketing data protection and privacy manager at Dell and head of compliance at the DMA – has quit his job to set up his own data protection consultancy.
The Privacy Consultancy will assist businesses in the practical and commercial application of the GDPR and the new Data Portection Act 2018, and aim to help to ensure that privacy is a business enabler rather than a business restricter.
Matthews started his career in the print industry in the Seventies before taking on a number of senior compliance roles. He joined the DMA in 2002 as head of compliance, before switching to Acxiom to be UK privacy manager in 2007.
Since then he has also been a board member and vice-chair of Femda, and sat on the European advisory board of the International Association of Privacy Professionals. Matthews spent six years at Dell and has been senior manager of privacy at Sony since 2016.
He explained: “My goal is to consult or contract with companies and assist them in bringing GDPR and the DPA 2018 into a business as usual situation – I want to help apply the new legislation in a commercial and practical way.
“I am very much looking forward to working with new people and, hopefully, some that I know already, to make a difference.”
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