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Bitesize Briefing - GDPR

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Bitesize Briefing - GDPR

Date: 01 March 2018 09:30 am - 01:00 pm
Course duration: 1 day
Venue: ng homes
Costs: Members £140.00 / Non-Members £190.00

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Your compliance obligations under data protection and privacy legislation are about to change significantly when the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25 May 2018.

This is an ideal opportunity to find out more from the experts.

Housing associations and co-operatives collect, use and retain personal data about current, prospective and past employees as part of their day-to-day operations.

It is imperative to note that the GDPR represents an evolution in privacy law and not a revolution.  DON’T PANIC! You are not starting from scratch! Your organisation will already have privacy arrangements in place to support compliance with the current UK Data Protection Act.

Speakers will provide an overview of what is required by law and steps you can take to ensure you are ready for it.

Draft programme shown below.  Finalised programme will be available shortly.


Time         Details

   9.30        Registration & Coffee

   9.50        Welcome & opening remarks, Alan Ferguson, director SHARE

10.00         Phil Morrice, Managing Partner, Alexander Sloan (Accountants & Business Advisers)

One of the many changes that the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will bring in is significant changes in the penalty regime for non-compliance. Fines for breaches of the legislation can be as high as 20m Euros or 4% of turnover.  However, for most housing associations and co-operatives the risk is as likely to reputational. Enforcement action taken by the data protection regulator (ICO) is publicly available and it is likely that any breach will become common knowledge. In addition to this enforcement of these regulations is likely to be taken much more seriously than in the past, with the ICO planning to recruit over 200 extra staff which represents an increase in their staff of 40%.

Phil will look at the risks for housing associations and co-operatives in the new regime and what they should be considering in mitigating these risks

10.30         Heather Jack, Director, HJBS Ltd

Undertaking a personal data inventory, processing audit and risk-based GDPR compliance gap analysis will let you develop a prioritised action plan. Use the UK Information Commissioner’s Guide to the General Data Protection Regulation for guidance, starting with their Getting Ready for the GDPR Checklist and 12 Steps To Take Now planning tool.

11.00         Lorna Miller, Information Governance Officer, Caledonia Housing Association

Lorna is the new Information Governance Officer at Caledonia HA and is responsible for ensuring the association is prepared for GDPR.  Lorna will cover what has been done to date, including what actions have been prioritised and some of this issues that Caledonia have faced in the compliance work. There are many different opinions on whether Housing Associations required to have a Data Protection Officer, Lorna will explain why Caledonia made the decision to nominate a Data Protection Officer and how that role will fit within the association.

11.30         Lynne Richmond, BTO Solicitors LLP

 This legislation is not something that organisations should ignore. Lynne will provide a step by step guide to the GDPR and highlight the practical steps which can be taken in order to achieve compliance. In particular:-

  • Consent and the other legal bases for processing
  • Rights of data subjects and the information they need to be provided with
  • Accountability, enforcement and fines
  • Direct Marketing and use of mailing lists


12.00         Q&A and closing remarks

12.30         Lunch & Networking

Event closes at 1pm.