The date for the introduction of the new GDPR legislation from 25 May is becoming quite imminent. When it first came to light last year we are pretty sure we were not the only ones didn’t fully appreciate the gravity of the new laws or think about how they would affect our roles. How wrong were we and evidently a lot of other fellow event mangers too as in the last few months, the introduction of the GDPR Legislation is a hot topic at any of the networking events we attend not just buyer side but supplier side too. Now, we are clued up and ready to go but you can always learn more right?
If you have been living under a rock and still think I am talking about Gross Domestic Product (but not sure what the R stands for), let me give you a brief overview. GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation and is specific to the 28 EU member states centring around the way members have their data handled and more importantly, the way it is used and stored.
For us Event Managers, we are privy to a whole range of personal data and share this data with third parties almost daily. The more data we have on our guests and attendees the better, more tailored and personalised event experience, right? We share everything from passport details with travel agencies to sharing dietary reports with restaurants, hotels and venues and we share personal information on those all important rooming lists. All of this is part of our role so, it will affect us and quite a lot. If all of that isn’t scary, what about the actual way all that data is stored and what do you do if you feel you have a breech?
Eventogy are hosting a seminar on 3 May with a panel of speakers whom, we hope, will help answer some of these questions followed by a drinks and canapé reception to be able to share what we have learned with each other. You can register for the seminar via the link below.
Michelle Rees is a Events Advisor for a London Law Firm
Kate is a Events Manager for a London Law Firm