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 panel felt that although this is not the final document, it is pretty close to being the final guidelines and companies should refer to it. Click here to access this version.
It is clear that businesses should not wait for the final guidance to be released in December 2017 and should be starting their journey towards GDPR today.
And the good news is, the panel all agreed that compliance should not be costing you a fortune!
Dr Lucy Green, MD – Larato
Justin Harling, MD – CAE Technology Services
Neil Thomas, Marketing and Communication Services Director – Claranet
Martin Borrett, CTO IBM Security – Europe