GDPR one year on and post Brexit implications for event organisers

It’s just over a year since the EU General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR as it is known came into force on 25th May 2018. GDPR requires organisations to put data protection measures in place when either offering goods and services or monitoring the behaviour of EU citizens. But just when you might have thought all things GDPR were now smoothly up and running, there’s now a whole new concern on the horizon linked to Brexit!

The UK is currently scheduled to leave the European Union by 31st October 2019, with or without a deal. When it does, not only will the EU GDPR continue to apply to UK companies that process the data of individuals in the EU, but the UK plans to create parallel legislation for individuals in the UK. This means that in effect there will be not one but two GDPR legislations in place, with implications for international business organisations

Arvi Virdee is a director of Smartec a specialist in Technology and Data Solutions for the meetings and events sector and an expert in GDPR process and systems and he talks exclusively to meetingsclub.

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Arvi Virdee

Arvi has specialised in meetings, events and travel technology since 2006 when he joined a meetings agency in London. Since then, he has gone on to implement event automation solutions for TMCs, events agencies and corporations, including global strategic meetings management programs and event spend management systems.

Arvi is a qualified GDPR practitioner and a strong advocate of data privacy within the events industry, which processes large volumes of personal data. Arvi’s company, Smartec Business Solutions, provides consultancy and project management services to maximise automation through the events lifecycle, and across events. It also provides GDPR audits, outsourced DPO and GDPR representative services.