Datacloud Ireland to host special session on GDPR: Changing the Global Data Privacy Landscape

Experts to debate and explore the effects GDPR will have on businesses and present practical solutions to compliance.

07 September 2017 – London, UK - The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the most important change in data privacy regulation in 20 years.  The EU GDPR replaces the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC and has been designed to harmonise data privacy laws across Europe to protect and empower all EU citizens data privacy and to reshape the way organisations across the region approach data privacy.

GDPR comes into force in May 2018 and radically changes the way organisations store, use and protect our personal data.  With this new period about to begin in the data centre and cloud industry Datacloud Ireland is hosting a special session to debate and explore the effects GDPR will have on businesses, as well as present practical solutions to compliance.

The session will include keynotes from leading GDPR experts and data privacy specialists reconnecting data in the EU, UK, US and beyond.  Participating will be Sheila FitzPatrick, Chief Privacy Officer NetApp, Jennifer O’Sullivan, Deputy Commissioner Data Protection Commissioner, Aoife Sexton, Principal Tech Law Services and Dr Elizabeth Maxwell, EMEA Technical Director, Compuware.

“At the moment, there seems to be a certain amount of misinformation and confusion circulating about GDPR,” commented Sheila FitzPatrick, Chief Privacy Officer NetApp.  “First and foremost, businesses need to understand that it is a legal compliance issue, not an IT problem.”

“A second fundamental that has clouded the picture further still has been the misinterpretation of security for privacy.  Companies can have world class security yet still not meet their privacy obligations.  The regulations have already spawned a raft of GDPR experts who say they can help businesses prepare for the changes with new tools and technology to solve a legal compliance issue," warned FitzPatrick.

Continued Jennifer O’Sullivan, Deputy Commissioner Data Protection Commissioner, “Data protection laws ensure that individuals are treated fairly in how their personal data is used and that the right safeguards are in place to protect that data. The GDPR represents an overhaul of current laws, aimed at reinforcing the rights of individuals while also providing a strong framework within which our digital economy can continue to grow.  The GDPR will impact any organisation that handles personal data, including those acting as data processors in the data centre and cloud industry. Privacy and data protection law has real and central relevance to these organisations.”

Philip Low, Managing Director BroadGroup added: “GDPR has been one of the biggest, and most talked about issues, facing the data centre and cloud industry so we’re thrilled to be able to present a roster of some of the world’s leading experts at Datacloud Ireland to debate the challenges businesses will face.  Organisations will need to demonstrate that good data protection is the cornerstone of their business policy and practices – this will affect every part of their business.”

BroadGroup will be hosting the first Datacloud Ireland conference at the Dublin Convention Centre on September 21st including the special workshop covering GDPR, and enterprise meetings and data centre tours.


About BroadGroup

BroadGroup is an Information Media Technology and Professional Services provider and a member company of Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC. Established in 2002, the company has achieved recognition and growth through delivering quality research and insight across the IT infrastructure sector. Its Data Centre and Cloud practice is the market leader in providing commercial due diligence, research and analysis for the sector. The company’s events portfolio brands include Datacloud, Datacloud Awards, Data Economy, Finance and Investment Forum and Dark Fibre Convention which deliver high quality international networking and business opportunity events.

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