Be-IT is heading for the GDPR Scotland Summit
Posted on 16th November 2017
On 25th May 2018 we are all going to have to be much more careful about how we use data. In the unlikely event that you don’t know what’s happening then, that’s the date on which the EU’s GDPR ruling kicks in.
GDPR, or, to give it its full name, The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) was adopted by the European Union on 27th April 2016 and becomes enforceable in each member state from 25th May 2018. Even though the UK is leaving the EU, we shall be a member next May and the need to use data under GDPR will remain in the future.
It’s clear that this is going to make a big difference to a lot of people and companies. There are lots of events taking place across the UK, as well as many experts proffering opinions as companies look for advice on how to adopt the new regulations as painlessly and efficiently as possible. To that end, digit fyi, who, in our opinion, are one of the most go-ahead organisations influencing the digital space in Scotland, have organised a major event on the subject, to be held on 21st November at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh. Be-IT will, along with lots of other interested parties, be attending and learning!
As digit fyi say on their website, “Fundamentally, GDPR is about protecting people: in this digital age, our world is awash with data and individuals are generating a continuous flow of personal information… But while the digital age has brought forth huge possibilities and benefits, it also carries inherent dangers.”
That these dangers exist is obvious: the UK and US press are currently full of stories of foreign countries, notably Russia allegedly, using social media to influence crucial votes in our countries. The use of bots to spread propaganda, “fake news” and also, to be fair, perfectly legal marketing information, is common, but of perhaps more importance are legitimate questions around the way social media companies collect and use data and information. How we, as a country and, more specifically as the IT industry, adapt to and conform to these new regulations is going to be very important in the years ahead.
Nikola Kelly, MD, Be-IT
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