A turnout of 50 people braved the elements and ignored the weather warnings on Thursday morning to attend the Kelliher O’Shea, Chartered Accountants briefing in the River Island Hotel in Castleisland.
Business people and company representatives from all over Kerry attended the briefing on the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that will be effective from May 25th. 2018.
Karen Hickey and Marlis Kerins of Peninsula Ireland gave a concise presentation on the key areas of focus.
Data Protection Directive
The new regulations will replace the existing data protection framework under the EU Data Protection Directive.
Persons or organisations involved in data processing of any sort including information on employees and customers need to be aware the regulation addresses them directly in terms of the obligations it imposes.
Be Aware of Changes
The GDPR emphasises transparency, security and accountability by data controllers and processors, while at the same time standardising and strengthening the right of European citizens to data privacy.
One of the key messages made was that people should not fear the new regulations but to be aware of some of the changes that will occur and review their current data protection and privacy policies now in order that they can be compliant by 25th May 2018.
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