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“GDPR, which will become law in May 2018, has been referred to as the greatest shake-up of privacy laws for more than a decade.”

Paul Hearns, Editor, TechPro magazine

The most recent TechFire session on 06 April was the first in a series of three briefings on the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) which will become law in May 2018.

This first briefing addresses key questions on what the regulation is and how it came about. It presented, from a legal perspective, the extent of obligations and potential penalties for organisations that fall foul.
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Looking organisation-wide, this session examined the extent of the regulation and all aspects of operations that come under its remit.

Anne-Marie Bohan, partner at Matheson, introduced GDPR from a legal perspective, highlighting the various aspects of which Irish organisations need to be aware. Matheson advises clients on data protection and privacy issues, including employee data protection issues. Her legal expertise includes advising on outsourcing, information technology law and e-commerce law.

David Prendergast, information security officer at DEPFA Bank, talked about exploring the extent of the regulations in an already heavily regulated environment, as well as implications for banking in general. DEPFA Bank provides financial services to the public sector, and financing for infrastructural projects.

Expert speakers from Fujitsu and Veritas outlined what Irish organisations need to know to embark on their individual paths to compliance for the May 2018 deadline.

TechPro editor Paul Hearns moderated the presentation and panel discussion.

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DAVID PRENDERGAST, Information Security Officer at Depfa Bank

David Prendergast has more than 30 years experience in IT and security, including operational risk roles at AIB and Ulster Bank. He is passionate about ‘people issues’ and the practical side of good risk management.

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SARAH ARMSTRONG-SMITH, Engineer & Management Consultant, Fujitsu

Sarah Armstrong-Smith talked about the range of services that Irish organisations are likely to need as they assess their current state in preparation for the compliance project, as well as unlocking value in data held.

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SIMON NIXON, Director, Product Management, Information Intelligence, Veritas

Simon Nixon spoke on understanding the role and importance of information management and governance in data privacy, and how information management and information governance will be the bedrock in complying with GDPR.

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ANNE-MARIE BOHAN, Partner, Matheson

Anne-Marie Bohan is a partner at Matheson, advising on outsourcing, information technology law and e-commerce law. Her practice also includes advising a broad range of clients on data protection and privacy issues, including employee data protection issues. She introduced GDPR from a legal perspective, highlighting the various aspects of which Irish organisations need to be aware.

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