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The first meeting of the Data Privacy Task Force – have you missed it?

Monday 30 January 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Veronika Jermanova

On the 19th and 20th January 2017 the Data Privacy Task Force held its very first independent meeting. The new Task Force officially launched in Zagreb in October 2016, and now 10 Member companies have been actively participating in it. Presentations on several topics related to the GDPR were given by participants from Telco companies such as Telia Company, Telenor, Telefonica, eir, Lattelecom, and Proximus.  


Guest speaker, Andris Soroka from Data Security Solutions (DSS) gave an overview on how other industries deal with Data Protection (DP). He gave specific examples from financial and heath industries, which are in his view the ones who have similar DP regulations to the GDPR. Mary Colhoun from eir presented the campaign they led to drive awareness about importance of data at eir. The campaign “eir Loves Data” focused on changing the company’s culture, and ensuring every employee understands value and responsibilities that come with data. Later on that day participants were listening to presentation by Titta Penttila from Telia Company stating how is the company dealing with implementation of the GDPR. The presentation was followed by discussion on the best ways how to track the GDPR implementation. Rest of the day was dedicated to discussion about the impact of GDPR on direct marketing.


Second day of the meeting was launched by presentation on data portability closely followed by a engaging discussion on the Data portability and the Right to be Forgotten, which was presented by host Veerle Verbustel from Proximus. Pascal Boonen, also from Proximus, then presented their CRM and how they use customer data for direct marketing.


After another engaging discussion, the participants shifted their focus on Data Privacy Task Force mandate and organization.  Titta Penttila from Telia Company was elected as the Chair, with Sara Fernandez (Telefonica) and Anders Holt (Telenor) in role of the vice Chairs. The mandate was updated and the topics for the next meeting were listed.


For more information about Data Privacy Task Force, its future meetings and other TF’s activities, please contact CO ETIS representative Sepideh Javaherian (