The May 25th GDPR deadline is fast approaching and is set to shake up how organisations collect and process data. To help businesses with their final preparations, AMI recently held a special GDPR lunchtime seminar in the Merchant Hotel, Belfast which was attended by more than 130 people. We’ve put together a recap of what was an informative, insightful and truly engaging event.
Meeting your legal obligations
Getting good general GDPR tips is helpful, but providing companies with expert and precise legal advice on their obligations is invaluable. Adrian O’Connell, partner at Tughans, Belfast’s leading commercial law firm, delivered an overview of what exact legal obligations companies will be bound by under the new legislation. With 15 years’ experience advising companies on UK data protection legislation, Adrian addressed attendees’ compliance questions and concerns with both real authority and practical suggested actions.
IT disposal as a data process
Understanding the need for a Data Protection Officer (DPO) and the relationship between a company and its data processor are crucial elements in achieving GDPR compliance. Steve Mellings, CEO of the Asset Disposal and Information Security Alliance, broke down the who, what and how of both Data Processors and DPOs, leaving attendees with a far greater understanding of these terms and what compliance entails. A final key take-away from Steve’s presentation concerned how IT disposal fits into GDPR compliance. While often overlooked, your IT disposal supplier is a data processor and must comply with a number of regulations.
Turning headaches into opportunities
While GDPR will bring with it many significant changes for companies working in all areas, it does not necessarily have to become a headache and can in fact be viewed as a business opportunity. Stephen Wray, director of cyber risk services at Deloitte, delivered a presentation which highlighted the potential benefits businesses should seek to embrace – from building trust with consumers to enhancing data security.
In addition to these three highly informative presentations, the event proved an excellent occasion for networking between attendees and business leaders, senior IT decision makers and GDPR experts. We want to send our thanks to our speakers and every attendee who made this event such a success. If you’d like to receive any further information about the effect of GDRP on your IT disposal processes, why not contact us today?