Conquering the GDPR by Stephen Gibson

By Stephen Gibson

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It seems no matter where you turn at present all you seem to hear is the impact that the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) will have on all businesses.

With this in mind the BCO decided to host a Clinic covering this highly topical area to help firms prepare for the regulations that come in to effect on the 25th May 2018.

Suzanne Gibson, Managing Director of the FCA compliance specialists Ecompli presented on the evening alongside Daniel Milnes, Head of Commercial from Forbes Solicitors.

The key theme / title of the night was ‘Giving you the confidence to conquer GDPR’ and following the comments made by the attendees it certainly did just that.

Suzanne started the event by introducing what the GDPR is and how it will affect her customers in the Financial Services sector, Daniel then followed this by going into real thought provoking detail on what areas all businesses will have to cover from the initial ‘Data Mapping’ through to the consequences of breaching the rules post May 18.

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Like most changes to regulation there always exists a lot of scaremongering from media outlets concentrating on what will happen when firms get it wrong, but the way Daniel and Suzanne delivered on the evening, left many attendees with the confidence that they are already doing a lot of what is required, its just now left for them to evidence how they are prepared for the changes.

A key pointer to add is that the ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office) have still not finalised the rules, and we are of course still around six months from the date the changes come into effect, so we all have time to get prepared, however we need to be conscious that making a start sooner will make things easier for when the deadline approaches.

Such was the popularity of the GDPR topic, the event was fully booked up, but don’t worry if you couldn’t make it as the BCO are now taking bookings for a follow up GDPR clinic which is taking place on Tuesday 30th January 2018 (6.00-8.00pm). Again Suzanne and Daniel will be presenting on this area and will provide any ICO updates that are worth reporting. Daniel will again take a seat in his Mastermind chair so be sure to come armed with as many questions as you can!

 

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