Nov 2017

General Data Protection Regulation Conference Takes Place in Suffolk

MENTA hosted a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) conference at Copdock Hall, Ipswich on the 7th November.

More than ninety people heard from four invited speakers who gave clear and concise information on the new legislation in almost 20 years to affect data protection.

Sponsors of the event were BSI, the business standards company that helps organisations improve their business performance and resilience.  Their speaker, Colin Mayson outlined how using certification and raising standards could benefit customers when used to meet the new GDPR requirements. Mr Mayson commented, “BSI was pleased to participate at this informative event. It is extremely important companies get to grips with the GDPR changes as soon as possible to give sufficient time to update their processes and train their staff accordingly.”

The keynote speaker was Robert Masson of the DPO Centre who provide advice and training on data protection. He gave the audience a thorough over view of what the changes will mean for business owners and their staff when the new legislation comes into effect on 25 May 2018. Robert said, “If a business stores personal data, whether that be on a prospect, customer, client, supplier or employee then they will fall under the GDPR requirements, and where that’s the case, it is going to have a profound effect on their organisations.”

Mags Humphrey, financial controller of Broadwater Mouldings said, “The well-presented seminar on GDPR at Copdock Hall was easily the best and by far the most detailed event I have attended on the matter.”

MENTA has arranged six, small group GDPR masterclasses when Robert Masson of the DPO Centre will facilitate, four have sold out and there is availability for the January and February dates.

BSI is holding a series of GDPR training courses and details can be found on their website

Claire Brooks of Box-it East Document Storage gave delegates ideas on how to securely store paper documents and how to ensure confidentiality when destroying items. Jo Hocking of Hugh J Boswell, local insurance brokers explained ways businesses can protect themselves from cyber security breaches.

For details regarding MENTA’s GDPR masterclasses in Bury St Edmunds see here

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