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Hart Square Event: GDPR for Membership Bodies

Get Ready for GDPR: How to Assess Your Readiness to be Compliant and Avoid Fines

Webinar on 14 September

The long lead-time between adoption (April 2016) and enforcement (May 2018), and doubts about the forthcoming translation of EU legislation into UK law, have led to doubt and uncertainty around the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR for short.

Originally intended to strengthen and unify data protection for all individuals within the European Union (EU), the primary objectives of the GDPR are to give control back to citizens and residents over their personal data and to simplify the regulatory environment for international business. The GDPR also addresses the export of personal data outside the EU. Unlike a directive, it does not require any enabling legislation to be passed by national governments and is thus directly binding and applicable.

However, conjecture and obfuscation have led some to doubt that the legislation will ever be enforced. Others are simply unaware of what is about to happen. And some are prepared to gamble on evading or flouting the law: both dangerous strategies!

Some feel that GDPR doesn’t need to be considered until we know more, or that action can be halted until next year, waiting for others to make their move first. In Hart Square’s opinion, this is a high-risk strategy that will lead to a greater chance of fines, failed audits and damaged reputations, especially as the ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office) have set out guidelines to follow.

Surely it is better to be prepared? As the regulations will apply to all organisations – not for profit, membership, charity, and commercial alike – and will apply to you. So, many organisations are working towards ensuring they are compliant with the standards being introduced, not least because the implications of the changes bring the potential for substantial fines, and huge reputational damage due to media coverage and word-of-mouth discussions.  

Hart Square’s position within the charity and NFP sectors means we want to ensure our clients and contacts are prepared for these changes. We will be running a series of webinars which will include a process to self-assess your current situation, and to plan how you can ensure you are ready for these changes.

So, we would like to invite you to register for our webinar to find out more about how these regulations will affect your organisation.

What makes our offering unique is its focus entirely on the NFP sector, that we have developed our own self-assessment form, and that we have honed our own set of FAQs. A Hart Square ‘White Paper’ is also on its way!

Are you aware of these changes and what they mean for your organisation?

Do you have a plan of action in place to ensure your compliance?

Register now for this first webinar on 14 September at 12:30. In the meantime, please do contact us if you have any questions or want to book an appointment at our TechSmart NFP conference to discuss.

 See also: Get Personal or Get Ignored