The GDPR in the Public Sector Conference is to take place on 8 November 2017 hosted by the University of Salford.

With the new European Union General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) less than a year away becoming law on May 25, 2018, it will see much stricter rules for gathering and storing sensitive data as as well an increase in power for regulators. Because the UK’s public sector holds huge amounts of data including biometric data and tax records, it is crucial that organisations the public sector act quickly to ensure that they are company by the May 25 deadline. As Elizabeth Denham, UK Information Commissioner said recently:

“There’s a lot in the GDPR you’ll recognise from the current law, but make no mistake, this one’s a game changer for everyone.”

Speakers at the event include:

  • Matthew Stephenson, Head of Information Governance, University of Salford – “Overview of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)”
  • Scott Sammons AMIRMS, CIPP/E, Chairman, Information and Records Management Society (IRMS) – “Managing Personal Records: The core of GDPR”
  • Jos Creese, CEO and Independent Digital Consultant and Analyst, CCL – “It’s not about GDPR! … it’s about changing attitudes to data and Information Governance”
  • Jonathan Baines, Freedom of Information Manager, Network Rail and Chair, National Association of Data Protection Officers (NADPO) – “GDPR and the Role of the Data Protection Officer”
  • Zachary Thornton, Affairs Manager, Direct Marketing Association – “The GDPR and why you should make privacy a brand asset”
  • Nicola Regan, CIPP/E, Senior Partner, Privacy Partnership – “How can organisations make sure they are fully prepared for the introduction of GDPR?”
  • Rocio De la Cruz, Principal Associate, Gowling WLG (UK) LLP – “The Impact new EU data laws will have on businesses outside Europe?”

Attendees can expect a full day of GDPR information including:

  • How to plan for the introduction of the new General Data Protection Regulations and understand how your organisation will be affected.
  • Hear from leading GDPR and data protection experts.
  • Ask questions to a panel of expert speakers about what GDPR will mean for the public sector.
  • Network with other public sector professionals as well as private sector professionals and discuss the challenges that GDPR brings.
  • Discover what software and technology solutions there are to help compliance with GDPR.

One of the attendees of the event is the chairman of IT Governance, Alan Calder who spells out the need for the public sector to engage with GDOR and the Network and Information Security (NIS) Directive:

“Public sector organisations have a responsibility to improve their underlying security practices and organisational governance to ensure minimal risk of cyber threat.

“The GDPR and the Network and Information Security (NIS) Directive introduce obligations to deal with information security incidents and report data breaches to the relevant supervisory authority without undue delay. Therefore, organisations will need to be prepared and equipped to deal with incidents.”