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Data protection and how you may be affected by the new GDPR

14 June @ 08:30 - 10:00 BST

Join this event to find out what you can do to stay ahead of the new and wide-ranging GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). Brought to you in partnership with Grant Thornton.

08:30 Registration
08:45 Welcome message and introduction to Ludo Block from Grant Thornton
09:00 Key highlights of the new GDPR (General Data Protetion Regulation)

  • Who is affected
  • Privacy Shied’ proposals versus US-EU Safe Harbour framework
  • Timeline for implementation and enforcement of GDPR
  • What should you be doing to prepare for the new legislation

09:45 Questions and answer session with discussion


Ludo Block, Director at Grant Thornton UK LLP

Mark Hurd, Country Manager at Carrenza B.V.

Reasons to attend

This session is being delivered in partnership with Grant Thornton to give you the knowledge on how to ensure compliance with GDPR and avoid the penalties. We will highlight what companies can do now in preparation of the new legislation; what types of cascade effects there will be on operations and businesses; the impact of the privacy shield; and further discussion on what Brexit means for the GDPR.

About the GDPR

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into effect in 2018 and replaces the Privacy Directive, and has left many businesses searching to understand its impact and new compliance environment. GDPR supersedes the EU Data Protection Directive and creates a uniform standard for data protection in the EU, expanding the jurisdictional reach of EU data protection laws, and allowing for hefty fines for certain GDPR violations.

According to the Information Commissioner’s Office:

Once implemented in the EU, the GDPR will be relevant for many organisations  – most obviously those operating internationally. The other main reason is that the GDPR has several new features – for example breach notification and data portability.

With so many businesses and services operating across borders, international consistency around data protection laws and rights is crucial both to businesses and organisations, and to consumers and citizens.



Dr. Ludo Block CFE
Director at Grant Thornton 

Ludo is the data privacy lead within Grant Thornton Netherlands. His experience is particularly in the field of investigations. The data protection authority in the Netherlands is a much more active enforcer than the ICO. Ludo also has extensive experience from his international investigative work with regards to cross-border collection and processing of personal data.

Mark Hurd
Country Manager at CarrenzaB.V.

Carrenza is an IaaS and PaaS focused Cloud Service Provider. We help our customers run their critical business applications and revenue generating systems on our enterprise cloud architecture. Our differentiators are that we automate everything, are agile and you can pick up the phone and talk to us.

I currently lead the team based in Amsterdam ensuring we are aligned to our customers and partners needs and are pushing into relevant future markets. We deliver IaaS and PaaS solutions to a number of multi-national organisations out of our Amsterdam and 2 UK facilities.

Notable customers include Comic Relief, Government Digital Service, CineWorld, Royal Bank of Scotland and The Jockey Club.

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Our purpose is to shape a vibrant economy, and our vision is that by 2020 we will be the go-to firm for growth for dynamic organisations.

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