Data protection experts call on businesses to do more on EU GDPR compliance

Speakers at the European Data Protection Summit called on business leaders to take more preventative measures to avoid data breaches. Hosted by the Data Protection World Forum, the Summit took place in London on Monday 3 June and attracted over 700 attendees, 50 speakers and 30 exhibitors.

The high calibre line-up of international experts at the Summit, ranging from Max Schrems to Nicola Rovario and Sheila Fitzpatrick, called for businesses to take more ownership and preventative measures to protect personal information. A diverse range of topics were showcased through presentations and panel discussions including sessions on ‘International Data Transfers’ and ‘Dispelling the Myths of Privacy and Security’ to ‘Embedding A Culture Of Privacy In The Workplace That Enables Compliance.’

Speaking about the developments within the data protection industry since the introduction of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Data Protection World Forum founder and CEO Nick James said: “We all know that data protection is paramount to businesses and it gives consumers more power over their personal information. Within the first year of the GDPR’s introduction, the UK has logged over 14,000 data breaches. On the one hand, this shows that individuals are aware of their rights under the regulations and use it, and on the other that businesses need to do more to prevent those breaches. Events such as the European Data Protection Summit remind organisations that it’s no longer acceptable to fall short of rising global standards.”

Commenting on the first anniversary of the GDPR, Steve Wright (spokesperson for the Data Protection World Forum) observed: “2018 marked a breakthrough in data protection and privacy. With the GDPR prompting companies such as Facebook and Twitter to renew the way in which they store and analyse personal information, we can see that there has been a change in mindset among both business and wider society.”

Speakers at the European Data Protection Summit included Max Schrems (founder of noyb and a privacy activist), Steve Wright (GDPR consultant for the Bank of England), Nicola Roviaro (head of EMEA data privacy at Google), Tamara Ballard (data protection lawyer at Channel 4) and Sheila Fitzpatrick (president and founder of Fitzpatrick & Associates).

Upcoming events this year organised by the Data Protection World Forum include PrivSec on 23 and 24 September 2019 in Dublin, PrivSec on 5-6 November in New York and ExCeL in London on 3-4 December.

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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