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Media notice: Cork GDPR Conference hosted by Seán Kelly MEP on Friday

Published: Wed, 13 June 2018

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Seán Kelly MEP and Leader of Fine Gael in the European Parliament will host a major conference on the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) at University College Cork this Friday, 15 June. Mr Kelly, who led parliamentary negotiations on GDPR for the Industry, Research and Energy Committee of the EU Parliament on behalf of the European People’s Party, will be joined by expert speakers from across the technology, business and EU policy fields to discuss the implementation of the new rules which came into force on May 25th.

“GDPR gives European citizens more protection and control over how their own private data is collected, stored and used by others. It also makes companies with access to data or those that collect such data more responsible for how they handle it. It is a subject very much in the public mind right now. Even though the new rules have only been in place for a few weeks now, many consumers have noticed a change online while businesses have certainly had to make changes to ensure they are now mindful of the new data protection rules.

“This conference is open to the public and aims to provide a clear, simple overview of GDPR with more detail on key areas such as the business perspective and in terms of cyber security. I am delighted to host this event in my constituency of Ireland South, at UCC and I look forward to hearing from the guest speakers and attendees,” said Mr Kelly, who recently met with leading technology companies in Silicon Valley on the subjects of data protection and cyber security.

Guest speakers include John Keyes, Assistant Commissioner at the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner; Erik O’Donovan, Head of Digital Economy Policy at Ibec; GDPR and Cyber Security; and Ronan Murphy, Chief Executive Officer with Smarttech. A question and answer session will also take place.

The conference gets underway in the Áras na Laoi building, University College Cork at 8:30am on Friday, 15 June and concludes at 11am.

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