ICO: One Year Until Data Protection Law Change

Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham has told businesses to start preparing for “the biggest change to data protection law for a generation” while launching the Information Rights Strategic Plan.

Speaking in a video addressing boardrooms, Ms Denham said: “I believe privacy legislation and an effective regulator can make a difference to how much trust people have in what happens to their personal data. Trust in data flows is fundamental to people engaging in the digital economy. And trust in both privacy and Freedom of Information regulation is fundamental to democracy. Open government, freedom of information and data innovation are all dependent on a transparent approach to information management.”

The launch of the Information Rights Strategic Plan sets out the ICO’s mission to increase the confidence that the public has in government, public bodies and the private sector, and calls on businesses to see the commercial benefits of sound data protection, and act now to ensure they are compliant by May 2018.

The News Media Association has called for robust implementation of the freedom of expression, freedom of information and journalistic exemptions to the General Data Protection Regulation.

The NMA is holding a free seminar on preparing for GDPR, editorial and advertising, on 5 September 10am to 1pm at the NMA offices in London. It will focus on editorial and advertising impact of  the new general data protection regulation and proposed ePrivacy laws. 

Speakers will include Anya Proops QC, 11 KBW (overview); Nicola Cain, legal director, Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (editorial); Robert Streeter, data protection and privacy officer, News UK (advertising panel chair); Ruth Broadfield, partner, Bird & Bird (GDPR advertising and related commercial); Rupert Earle, partner and head of media litigation, Bates Wells Braithwaite (ePrivacy). 

Please contact Santha Rasaiah for details and bookings on santha@newsmediauk.org