GDPR at a critical stage, says information commissioner

The ICO is calling on data protection officials to help kick off the next phase of the GDPR by embedding sound data governance at its annual conference, where another DPO was recognised for excellence.

Implementation of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is at a “critical stage” just 11 months in, according to UK information commissioner Elizabeth Denham.

“I believe we’re entering a new stage in the GDPR’s development. I want to talk about how that gives you, as data protection practitioners, an opportunity to make a positive impact,” she told the12th annual Data Protection Practitioners’ Conference (DPPC) hosted by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in Manchester.

“We find ourselves at a critical stage. For me, the crucial, crucial change the law brought was around accountability. Accountability encapsulates everything the GDPR is about.”

Denham said the GDRP enshrines in law an onus on companies to understand the risks that they create for others with their data processing, and to mitigate those risks. It also formalises the move away from box ticking to seeing data protection as something that is part of the cultural and business fabric of an organisation, and it reflects that people increasingly demand to be shown how their data is being used, and how it is being looked after, she added. ..Read more..

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