Failure to comply with GDPR could mean a devastating loss of reputation

Join us for one-to-one sessions with a leading cyber barrister at C&ITs GDPR Roadmap Vol 2 When Compliance Gets Real to find out how to make sure your business compliant.

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Now that the new general data protection regulations (GDPR) have come into effect, businesses shouldn’t be resting on their laurels.

"A lot of people in this industry think that because they are small or medium-sized businesses, that they will fall under the radar. But the answer is that you won’t," said Bruce Smith, chairman of the NorthPointe Management Group.

"All it takes is one person to report you and then you will have to answer to the regulatory agency in your country. In addition to the fees that you will have to pay, keep in mind that the loss of your reputation will be more damaging than maybe the cost of the fine."

Join C&IT at the second instalment of C&IT’s GDPR Roadmap for a tangible and practical guide on how to navigate this new GDPR setting.

The agenda will include a "GDPR Legal Clinic" hosted by Dean Armstrong, barrister and acclaimed author of the book "Cyber Security: Law and Practice.

Armstrong expects the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) to follow in the footsteps of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and Food Standards Agency (FSA) – by securing the necessary powers to arrive without notice at the premises of organisations suspected of material breaches of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

This means that "winning over public trust by demonstrating that the new regulation is being properly enforced will be paramount. The reality is that if a whistleblower’s valid concerns are not entertained seriously by the ICO, then the local and/or national media will be the next port of call. If the public is being told how valuable their personal information is then they will want organisations brought to book if they fail to take appropriate steps to protect it."

Other items on the agenda will include a talk on the implications of GDPR and exposure to inadequate advice; a panel discussion on myth-busting, what legitimate interest and consent mean under GDPR, and tailored roundtable discussions where agencies, corporations, associations and venues will have the opportunity to share key concerns and benchmark how their peers are currently implementing their own strategy.

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