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05 Jul 2017
How Will You Prepare for GDPR?

GDPR will have a significant impact on every organisation doing business with the EU. Learn from the differing approaches to GDPR compliance.

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect on 25 May 2018. It is exacting legislation and significantly different from the laws it replaces.  It will be adopted by the UK post-Brexit. While the challenges around organisational understanding of the legislation and implementation of measures to adhere to it are significant, it is also an opportunity to adopt best practice around data governance. GDPR will have the full attention of the board, given the punishing new fines for non-compliance.

Many organisations underestimate the degree of coordination that will be necessary. It will require IT to work alongside all areas of the business. Communication will be key.

Stefan Vircan, our Membership Support Executive, provides his key takeways from the workshop below.



Learn from other organisational approaches and legal expertise to further the business' journey to GDPR compliance.


At this workshop, delegates learned how other organisations are approaching GDPR compliance, where they are on their journey and their focus areas for the remaining months before it becomes law. 

Chris Rivinus, Head of Business Systems, Tullow Oil, shared his recent experience of gaining the GDPR Foundation and Practitioner Certification. He also presented on his organisation's plans to become GDPR compliant. Key takeways from his presentation can be viewed below.

Jeremy Newton, Director, Technology Law Alliance, provided critical insight into the legal ramifications of GDPR on the organisation. Key takeways from his presentation can be viewed below.



10:00 Welcome & Introductions
10:15 Presentation: Jeremy Newton, Technology Law Alliance
11:15 Question Session
11:35 Refreshments & Networking
11:55 Presentation: Chris Rivinus, Tullow Oil
12:40 Question Session
13:00 Lunch & Networking
14:00 Syndicate Session & Report back - experiences of planning for GDPR
14:30 Syndicate Session - 12 Steps to GDPR
15:00 Refreshments & Networking
15:15 Report back - 12 Steps to GDPR
15:45 Summary, Next Steps & Top Tips
16:00 Close



Chris Rivinus

Head of Business Systems, Tullow Oil


Chris has over 20 years experience in Information Technology, Innovation Management and Project Management, working across the civil engineering and energy sectors.

Jeremy Newton

Director, Technology Law Alliance


Jeremy has over 15 years' experience of IT law and contracts. He is co-editor of A Manager's Guide to IT Law (British Computer Society), and contributed the chapter on computer contracts to Computer Law (Oxford University Press) which is used as a standard textbook on the University of London LLM in IT law. Jeremy deals with a wide range of commercial contracts, e-commerce and data protection matters, but his primary focus is dealing with outsourcing and major systems development projects.

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