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GDPR compliance as a program, not a project: A meeting of the DPTF in Helsinki

Tuesday 19 February 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Michele Lalic

The ETIS Data Privacy Task Force (DPTF) gathered February 7 to 8, 2019 for their first meeting of the year, which was kindly hosted by Ericsson at their snowy offices outside of Helsinki. Many thanks for their support.

The objective of the Data Privacy Task force (DPTF) is to share experiences related to data privacy and the implementation of regulations such as GDPR and e-Privacy. Participating Members explore common interest areas and determine best practices.

As usual the meeting was kicked off with a roundtable where participants shared the current projects and challenges they’ve faced as they have moved from the implementation to maintenance phase of ensuring GDPR compliance. Automisation in certain areas such as the register of processing and the data subject rights tools is currently being assessed by a number of members as well as projects involving human resource data and aligning with stakeholders to reconcile the privacy and customer strategy.

There were also a number of interesting sessions including one on privacy management frameworks, a presentation and debate on the e-privacy regulation as well as a session on audits of data processing. Taking a more interactive approach, after a roundtable on how their company approaches its internal privacy policy, participants were divided into groups to have a mini-brainstorming session and discuss the challenges and best practices they identified in handling privacy questions. Ericsson also gave a presentation on their approach to privacy by design and demoed their portal with the requirements they developed to ensure compliance for their products.

One highlight of the meeting was the “GDPR enforcement around Europe” session, where each participant discussed the fines and/or warnings—including those outside of the telecommunications industry—that had been issued by their local Data Protection Authority, giving their peers insights into developments and cases across Europe. The session ended with a discussion surrounding the recent google fine and what implications that may or may not have on their industry.

Many thanks to all those that participated and again to Ericsson for hosting. The next Data Privacy Task Force meeting will be hosted by Hrvatski Telekom in Zagreb, Croatia from June 13-14, 2019. Save-the-date!

If you would like to know more about the group and its activities, please visit the Data Privacy Task Force page or contact Michele Lalic, the ETIS Central Office representative of this group.

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