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Benjamin Hayes

Director of Legal Services, Data Privacy Compliance, North America
Overland Park, KS, USA

Ben Hayes is the Director of Legal Services, Data Privacy Compliance, North America. This role has 4 components: (1) Responsibility for Accenture's compliance with data privacy laws in North America; (2) general-purpose subject matter expertise (SME) on data privacy laws and practice;  (3) triage and help with resolving data security incidents; and (4) advising Accenture's Information Security (IS) organization and Client Data Protection (CDP) Program.
Ben’s mix of compliance and SME roles gives him broad exposure to both Accenture's client-facing operations and internal corporate functions. He has led several global data protection-related initiatives, including the development of Accenture’s data incident response program and Accenture’s methodology for data risk assessment and mitigation when performing client services.  He also advises on the privacy and security issues with respect to cloud computing, mobile applications, health information, analytics, and Big Data.  Ben joined Accenture in 2006, after 7 years at Kirkpatrick & Lockhart LLP (now K&L Gates), where he counseled clients from a range of industries on privacy, security, records management, and copyright matters. He has published dozens of articles and speaks frequently on privacy issues. 
Ben holds a J.D. (with honors) from The Ohio State University. During law school was a senior editor of the Ohio State Law Journal, and studied European Community law at St. Anne's College, Oxford, and the University of Amsterdam. He obtained his B.A. in English and Anthropology from the University of Vermont, also spending a year at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England. Between college and law school, Ben worked as a newspaper advertising manager, journalist, political media consultant, and professional musician.  Ben and his wife Sara reside in Lawrence, Kansas (Sara teaches at KU), with son Alden, daughter, Caroline, and a pair each of cats and dogs.  

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