Will GDPR Change the World?

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    techUK are hosting an event to mark one year until the new GDPR must come into effect.

25 May 2017 marks one year until the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) must come into effect. To kick off the 365-day countdown, techUK is holding an event from 10:00 - 12:00 on Thursday 25 May 2017 that will consider how to prepare for GDPR, but also look at the impact the new regulation could have on how we handle data in the future.

This event will commence with a keynote speech from Rob Luke, Deputy Commissioner, ICO followed by a panel of industry leaders that will discuss how GDPR will, or will not, change the future privacy landscape.

After nearly five years of negotiations, the GDPR represents a significant reform of European Data Protection Laws that have been in place since 1995. The GDPR will introduce new ways in which citizens can control how their personal data is used, with greater responsibilities on both data controllers and data processers.

Organisations must get ready for this change now but, in looking head, it is still not clear how GDPR will change the current data privacy landscape and what further changes we may see as the UK prepares to leave the EU.

techUK has welcomed the Government’s commitment to implement GDPR into UK law despite the vote to leave the EU. Once we are out of the EU, creating a secure, stable and robust legal mechanism for cross border data flows between the UK and the EU is vital. An adequacy agreement is seen as the best mechanisms for UK businesses, particularly SMEs, and a watertight strategy for achieving this must be in place before we leave the EU.

A panel discussion, Chaired by Richard Ward, Government and Regulatory Affairs, IBM, with speakers including Rob Luke, Deputy Information Commissioner, Emma Butler, Data Protection Officer (Yoti), David Erdos, University Lecturer in Law and the Open Society (University of Cambridge), Andrew Rogoyski, Vice President Cyber Security Services, CGI UK and Antony Walker, Deputy CEO (techUK) will follow, considering the questions below:

  • What are the main implications and impact of GDPR on UK businesses with one year to go?
  • To what extent does GDPR represents a real step change in data protection and privacy in Europe?
  • How will Brexit change the UK’s data protection landscape?
  • How vital is having a secure and robust legal mechanism for cross border data flows post-Brexit?
  • What could the future hold for data protection in the UK, Europe and around the world once GDPR has been implemented?
  • Will we see other countries change data protection laws to mirror GDPR?
  • How will GDPR adapt and respond to the fast pace of technological change?
  • Will GDPR stand the test of time?


  • Sue Daley

    Sue Daley

    Associate Director, Technology & Innovation
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