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Morgan O'Neill

Director, Data Protection Services | Edinburgh


Director of Data Protection Services within our specialist IP, Technology and Media Team, Morgan has extensive knowledge in the General Data Protection Regulation, UK Data Protection Act 2018 and Privacy Programme Management. She is accredited as a Certified Information Privacy Manager by the International Association of Privacy Professionals. 

With a pragmatic approach to data protection compliance, Morgan advises and supports clients across a range of sectors with the practical application of data protection law in their organisation through the provision of outsourced Data Protection Officer Services. Morgan’s key areas of expertise include privacy by design and default, data protection audit, risk management and she has vast experience of advising organisations in relation to marketing, data breaches, data subject rights, privacy impact assessments, policies and notices, international transfers of data and delivering targeted data protection training. Morgan works closely with clients to devise practical solutions to mitigate data protection compliance risks. 

Morgan joined Thorntons from a large retail energy business where she held the role of Data Protection Officer and Head of Regulatory Compliance and led the business’ complex GDPR readiness project and ongoing data protection compliance framework. Prior to this, Morgan held senior regulatory compliance positions in the USA and New Zealand. 

Morgan O'Neill's Blog Entries

Data Protection: How to stay safe while working from home

Practical, Technical and Legal hints and tips for best practice Morgan O'Neill, Director of Data Protection Services, and Phil Telfer, …

Posted on 30th June 2020

How to Approach Data Protection Impact Assessments

DPIAs have been a topic in the news recently with the ICO requesting that NHSX complete a DPIA for its COVID-19 contact tracing app for the…

Posted on 22nd June 2020

Data Protection and Contact Tracing

In the digital age in which we live, it’s not surprising that we turn to technology to help manage a public health crisis. The phrase “…

Posted on 4th June 2020

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