Press Release

GDPR gurus gather together at WMA Conference ahead of 2018 deadline

19th May 2017

As markets come to terms with the after-effects of the latest global ransomware attack, legal and compliance experts gathered for a full day of data protection presentations and panel discussions at the WMA’s sold-out GDPR conference.

The day-long event, held at WMA’s London headquarters in Finsbury Square, covered a host of data protection-related topics as financial services firms gear up for the introduction of new regulation in May 2018.

GDPR ushers in an era of wide-ranging data protection regulation, raising a slew of hot topics such as consent, transparency, privacy by design, data breaches and notifications, cyber-insurance, fines, international regulatory harmonisation, cross-border data transfers and protection; and, above all, accountability.

With only twelve months to go before the final implementation deadline, the conference covered topics including key immediate action points, the controller/processor contractual relationship under the new regulation, the overlap between GDPR and MiFID II regimes, enforcement trends and developments, as well as addressing the delegates’ data protection-related concerns and discussing remedies.

WMA’s lead person for GDPR, Giulia Lupato, said: “there are several key takeaways from today’s conference, each speaker has raised important elements for firms to consider. A lot of discussion centred around the use, storage and protection of client as well as employee data, amid the growing public awareness of the huge potential value of personal data”.

Liz Field, CEO of the WMA, noted many firms have been diligent with their preparation work ahead of the deadline. “More and more firms recognise that this is not an IT issue alone, but an issue that requires both company-wide education and awareness, as well as board-level buy-in,” she said.


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