How Will Policing and Justice Be Affected By the Data Protection Bill?

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect in the UK and across Europe on 25 May 2018. The GDPR, which represents the most significant reform of data protection laws for twenty years, will have implications for organisations across all sectors that collect and process personal data. Introduced alongside GDPR will be the Law Enforcement Directive, which covers the processing of personal data for the purposes of crime prevention. The implications for suppliers to this sector are significant.

Given that the policing and criminal justice sector generates and utilises vast quantities of data daily, the introduction of the GDPR and the Directive will be an important development. There are huge opportunities in the criminal justice system for data to be used to improve public safety and reduce inefficiencies. However, given the sensitive nature of the data involved it is crucial that it is properly protected. Previous data breaches a have highlighted the concern about how their personal healthcare information is used and so these new rules will be pertinent in addressing those concerns.

The GDPR introduces new rights for citizens and considerable new obligations on both data controllers and processors. The focus on accountability and transparency, which are both running themes throughout the regulation, aims to provide citizens with far greater control over how their personal information is collected, used and processed. The introduction of significant fines, standing at up to 4 per cent of annual turnover or 20 million euros, highlight how important it is that all organisations are ready to comply with GDPR from next year.

This event will bring together tech industry leaders active in the criminal justice sector, helping people understand the implications both GDPR and the law enforcement directive will have on their sector, what they need to do to support clients/colleagues to be ready for GDPR and the LE-D next year whilst also reaping the benefits it can bring for service outcomes and wider organisational transformation.

The discussion will include issues such as:

  • Is the sector ready for GDPR and what else needs to be done to ensure it is ready in time?
  • How can these new regulations be seen as an opportunity rather than a compliance issue?
  • Will new rules help make the case for transformation?

Speakers will include:

  • Jeremy Lilley, Programme Manager, Cloud, Big Data & Intellectual Property, techUK
  • Freha Arshad,‎ Information Security Manager, Accenture
  • Julian Anderson, Digital Government Sector Lead, Thales e-Security
  • Nick Luscombe, Business Productivity Solution Sales Professional, Microsoft
  • Chris Pounder, Director, Amberhawk Training

This event is open to techUK members and members of the policing and justice community.


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