Peterborough companies warned about impact of new data rules

Delegates at the Roythornes' conference on new data regulations.
Delegates at the Roythornes' conference on new data regulations.
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The legal challenges posed to Peterborough companies by new data laws were spotlighted at special conference.

More than 170 delegates gathered at Kingsgate Conference Centre in Peterborough, to discover what the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulations will mean for them.

Julia Seary, partner at Roythornes.

Julia Seary, partner at Roythornes.

The delegates the event, hosted by Roythornes solicitors, heard the EU regulations will come into force in May and place various new responsibilities on how businesses handle data.

Partner Julia Seary, who led the event, said: “The regulations will affect a number of areas including HR, sales and marketing teams and IT.

“Businesses will have to be much more careful about the data they store and how they use it, with specific responsibilities in relation to letting individuals know why and how their data will be used.”

Afterwards, she said: “The fact that so many people came to the event shows how seriously people are taking their responsibilities, and any businesses that are not considering GDPR now should do so as a matter of urgency.

“Some firms are well advanced in their planning and the sooner they develop a strategy to handle the changes, the sooner they will be confident they comply with the new regulations.”