GDPR – What you need to know

Sep 26, 2017 | Other

By Cath Macleod, Marketing Account Manager, Blabbermouth I attended Channel Live on 12th and 13th September 2017 and one of the most informative and well-attended seminars of the event was on GDPR. Channel Live is an annual ICT trade specific conference aimed at Resellers, VARS and other Channel Partners to enable them to meet with vendors and solution providers in one venue. The GDPR seminar was run as a panel debate and it was interesting to hear a range of views from the speakers. This encompassed both their own GDPR journey and the questions and concerns they are hearing from businesses in their networks. The seminar opened with the positive aspects in that GDPR is designed to offer individuals genuine choice and control over their data and, while there are still some grey areas, the spirit of GDPR is good. The most revealing aspect was that all felt that GDPR should not be the sole responsibility of your IT Department. In fact, the conclusion of the panel was that GDPR is actually a legal consideration and it is your Legal team who should be driving this, working closely with your IT team. How to start your GDPR journey  The panel felt there was a lot of scaremongering happening because businesses feel unsure of how to start or, if they are a little down the line, what the next steps are. By way of reassurance, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has released a straightforward guide, which is essential reading. Click here to access the guide. The ICO has also released a more detailed document (Consultation: GDPR consent guidance) and the...



Elizabeth Sparrow, Director

After completing her degree at Lancaster University Elizabeth went on to quickly carve a Sales and Marketing career in the Telecoms market. At O-bit Telecom she established a successful channel strategy, productive sales team and creative marketing department to deliver outstanding growth to the business. In 6 years she grew organic revenues exceeding £25million and led the business into Deloitte and Sunday Times Tech Track success for 3 consecutive years. Following the business’ successful exit to Daisy Group in 2011 Elizabeth set up Blabbermouth Marketing whose mission is to make joined-up marketing accessible to all companies no matter their size. When not in work Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her husband and three children.