GDPR expert Adri Kolah will be giving his talk, ‘Human Factors of GDPR’, exclusively at GDPR Summit London, at 155 Bishopsgate, January 30th.

Business owners, entrepreneurs and marketing professionals should not miss this unique opportunity to learn from a GDPR authority about the changes that organisations will have to make to comply with this landmark regulation.

Ardi Kolah is Co-Programme Director of the DPO (Data Protection Officer) Certificate at Henley Business School and the founder of GO DPO EU Compliance and Recruitment Ltd, a specialist executive training and recruitment company.

Extensive industry experience has seen Ardi work with a long list of multinationals and globally prestigious names including the BBC, Disney, Proctor & Gamble, the Royal Navy, Imperial College London and Cambridge University, to name but a few.

Ardi is also Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Data Protection and Privacy that was launched in January 2017; as far as GDPR goes, you’re in the hands of an undisputed authority who’s literally written the handbook and who continues to guide the global GDPR compliance dialogue from the front.

What is GDPR?

GDPR is the new EU General Data Protection Regulation which will come into being on May 28th 2018. The landmark legislation is about strengthening data privacy rights of individuals living in the EU, and strengthening the control that individuals have over their personal data.

GDPR compliance brings new responsibility onto the shoulders of any company or organisation that processes EU citizens’ data – responsibility that prioritises transparency of use and legitimate use, and which is spearheaded by the clearly-understood, active consent of the data subject.

A culture of consent

As defined by Article 4 of the GDPR, the data subject’s consent means…

“…any freely given, specific, informed and unambiguous indication of the data subject’s wishes by which he or she, by a statement or by a clear affirmative action, signifies agreement to the processing of personal data relating to him or her.”

Bosses need to learn about GDPR

There’s no hiding place from GDPR; it’s crucial that bosses learn what’s at stake and how to start reengineering organisational procedures to prepare for GDPR compliance.

The implications for marketing teams and HR departments are huge, and companies may have to have a Data Protection Officer put in place to lead the way on compliance.

Speaking at GDPR Summit London in November, Ardi Kolah described how an evidenced fresh data privacy notice is of fundamental importance under GDPR, and will be the start of the compliance journey.

Furthermore, staff will only be allowed to process data under GDPR if they have been properly trained to do so. If companies are found in breach of data regulations after May 28th, the first knock will come on the door of HR and staff training records will need to be evidenced.

Inadequate training records will be an aggravating factor towards potential fines, while good practice will be a mitigating factor as the data breach is dealt with.

Big data, big risks

The danger of non-compliance? In worst case scenarios, companies found in breach of GDPR could face fines of up to €20 million or 4 per cent of turnover – whichever is greater.

Beyond this, customers and clients alike will not hang around long with a business that’s clearly unable to keep their data safe.

Help is at hand!

This is just a flavour of the new climate of data privacy that GDPR will establish, and the journey starts with awareness.

Continue this journey at GDPR Summit London this January 30th, where Ardi Kolah will speak about ‘Human Factors of GDPR’ and give clear indicators as to how these crucial new legal requirements will affect your workforce.

Ardi will also discuss:

– New Paradigm in Data Protection

– The Psychological Contract

– Changes Under GDPR for Employers

– Member State Laws

Book your ticket for GDPR Summit London here!

By Stephen White, Features Editor, GDPR Report


GDPR Summit Series is a global series of GDPR events which will help marketers to prepare to meet the requirements of the GDPR ahead of May 2018 and beyond. Further information and conference details are available at http://www.gdprsummit.london/


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