With the clock ticking for companies preparing for the arrival of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the North East England Chamber of Commerce has arranged a second summit on the issue for the region’s businesses.
The Chamber’s first General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) conference, held in November, was attended by over 300 companies and the thirst for information was so great a further event will now be held on 20 February at Ramside Hall, Durham.
At the event specialists in the legal, IT, insurance and HR issues surrounding GDPR will set out how businesses can take action, a little over three months before the regulations come into force on 25 May 2018.
Arlen Pettitt, Chamber knowledge development manager said: “We’ve found huge appetite from our members for practical information on how to prepare themselves for GDPR. The changing regulations compel businesses and consider how they hold data – whether that’s for marketing, HR or for clients – and review their processes. That can be a headache, but it also presents an opportunity to be more effective with the data you have, and get to know your staff and customers better.
“GDPR is one of those issues which is incredibly easy to put off, but the success of our first North East GDPR Summit showed many in the region are ready to act now.”
The Chamber’s first North East GDPR Summit was supported by the Northern Society of Chartered Accountants and saw Womble Bond Dickinson, Arthur J Gallagher, KPMG, Pulsant Business Unlimited share their insights, including these key tips:
- Get Certified – working towards recognised certifications like Cyber Essentials and ISO27001 can help you get your processes in order, and show the regulator you’re taking the issue seriously
- Review Your Contracts – many businesses have third party suppliers for HR or accounting services, or helping deliver client work, and these contracts must be reviewed to check where data is shared and where liability falls
- Get Trained – internal processes are crucial, and making sure every employee from the Chief Exec to front of house are fully trained can help you avoid fall out from a data breach