Preparing for May 2018: #ExecLN GDPR conference

GDPR (or the General Data Protection Regulation), hailed by many as the biggest business challenge of the decade, will unify all data protection laws across the European Union from 25th May 2018.

There is now less than 27 weeks to go until the GDPR regulation is enforced by the European Commission and regulated by the ICO (Information Commissioners Office) in the UK.

All UK businesses that handle, process, store or trade any sort of personal data, will be required to comply to the GDPR regulations – so very few businesses will remain untouched.

As a recruitment consultancy, the nature of our services mean that we process and store personal data on behalf of our candidates and clients. We have always taken the privacy and protection of the data we hold and process very seriously, and want to make sure that we do everything within our means to ensure compliance with the new GDPR regulation. Our Senior Team have been preparing for GDPR for months now, attending various related events, discussing the implications with our key suppliers and partners, and putting a detailed action plan in place to ensure our policies, processes and systems moving forward are solid and compliant.

As part of our continued preparations, last week, we attended the Executive Leaders Network GDPR event, hosted at the Reading Conference Centre in the Madejski Stadium, to ensure we’re fully prepared for May.

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The key consensus from the day, was that even though many businesses (of all sizes) started preparing for the new legislation a year ago, the majority are concerned that they are not yet compliant.

64% of 200 UK organisations asked by the BSI (British Standards Institute) said they they are not yet compliant.

Another key theme that surfaced on the day was the confusion that remains around the term GDPR, often stemming from the incorrect use of the acronym. Seemingly many people are under the illusion that the term simply relates to the investment in cyber security systems, or compliant CRM systems, when in fact the implications of GDPR extends well beyond this.

Ian West, from One Trust, who presented a fantastic closing keynote at the end of day, clearly described the overarching implications of GDPR regulation.

GDPR = Trust

As an expert member, and presenting on behalf of the GDPR Institut, Ian West explained that it is inevitable that any business that handles customer, supplier and employee data will have a breach. And, that to get ahead, businesses need to put steps in place to mitigate the consequences of a breach considering the GDPR regulation. He stated that there are still too many ‘ifs’ to truly say what ‘compliance’ truly looks like, but that businesses should take all reasonable steps to fall in line.

GDPR regulation will touch every team across a business – Operations, Legal, HR, Development, Marketing, Sales, as well as Third Party suppliers. It has implications upon policies, processes, systems and supplier relationships including contracts, and beyond.

Following the conference, we’re continuing to prepare for May 2018, confident in our commitment to complying to GDPR regulation and to retaining and growing our reputation as a trustworthy, quality recruitment consultancy.

As expert recruiters within the Technology field, we have extensive experience recruiting for Data specialists. If you need to hire a Data Protection Officer, then you can easily register a vacancy with us today, or call us on 01189595552 to find out more about how we can help.

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