Posted on March 12, 2018 by staff

Assembling a team is key ahead of GDPR


The General Data Protection Regulation has been described as the most significant overhaul in data protection in a generation.

Statistics suggest that the majority of organisations are still not prepared despite the prospect of irreparable reputational damage and being fined €20m or four per cent of worldwide annual turnover if they do not comply.

Building a multi-disciplinary team to be ready for GDPR isn’t just the job of data scientists. That is the view of Kim Smouter-Umans, head of public affairs and professional standards at ESOMAR, the global association for insights and data.

“It’s also an issue for the HR department, the front desk, customer services – it impacts different roles within a company and accordingly the team that you build needs to reflect that,” he says.

Chris Hunter, director at systems integrator and telecommunications specialist HM Network, agrees.

“GDPR is not owned by one department like IT, HR or marketing – it is everyone’s responsibility; one person dropping the ball could have consequences for the entire organisation,” he explains.

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