GDPR event a ‘call to arms’ for UK business

By 25th May 2018, all businesses must comply with the new General Data Protection Regulations. Data watchdogs are set to levy fines of up to €20 million, so to help businesses ensure they are compliant with the new legislation, Energize gathered several of the UK’s leading experts on data breach law for an interactive seminar.

Hosted by InfoSec Recruitment Consultant Ewan Adair, guest speakers included:

Nick McAleenan, Partner at JMW Solicitors LLP; presently representing 5500 claimants in the first data breach Group Litigation claim against Morrisons Supermarkets

Alan Calder, founder and executive chairman of IT Governance Ltd, the single-source provider of products and services in the IT governance, risk management and compliance sector

Our experts from differing sides of the data protection industry provided insights and practical guidance on both the prospective ramifications of GDPR and data breach law, provoking constructive discussion over varying interpretations of Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) recommendations that won’t be clarified until enforcement begins next year.


Questions came from a diverse group of attendees including Managing Directors, Heads of HR, Heads of Data Protection and Group Information Security, Chief Information Security and Data Protection Officers, Cyber Security Architects, IT Managers, Marketers, Business Development Managers and an Assistant Headteacher representing companies including AJ Bell, Atos, Nycomm, Brammer and Yodel.

In review, one Head of Data Protection said: “Many thanks again for stimulating and informative morning. It was a useful reminder that the potential fines under GDPR are not the only thing I should be worrying about. Nick McAleenan really got us all thinking about breach notification and the liabilities that may flow from incidents in the future. Alan Calder meanwhile gave the DPOs amongst us a veritable call to arms.”

We believe that the delegates that attended the seminar returned more confident with what GDPR means for their business ahead of 2018. Interested in attending future events? Does your organisation require further GDPR guidance? Contact Ewan directly by clicking here.

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