If you work with any sort of event technology, you’ve probably heard of the GDPR by now. The General Data Protection Regulation is a sweeping law in the European Union that gives citizens more control over their personal data. The GDPR also clarifies the rules and responsibilities that companies must follow if they manage EU citizens’ data, which means this legislation applies to companies world-wide, not just in Europe. If a company does not comply with the GDPR, they can be fined either €20 million or a 4 percent fine on the company’s annual global revenue, whichever is higher.
So what do you need to do to get your event ready to comply with GDPR? Let’s take a look at the following articles about how the GDPR will affect the events industry.
Preparing for the GDPR: What Event Organizers Need to Know
Danalynne Wheeler Menegus, writing for the Trade Show News Network, gives a brief rundown of what event managers need to know about complying with the GDPR. Even if your company is based in the United States, if just one attendee at your event is a European citizen, you must follow the GDPR rules. This article lays out the basics and gives you a good jumping-off point for bringing your event into compliance.
How Will GDPR Impact Event Planners, Their Suppliers and Event Attendees?
For a more in-depth overview of how the GDPR will affect the events industry, check out this article by Kevin Iwamoto for Meetings and Conventions. Iwamoto compiles lists of what event planners must demonstrate and the new rights event attendees will have after the GDPR goes into effect. This is a great quick resource to make sure you’re on the right track.
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Avoid a Mad Scramble
Janet Tan-Collis, the president of the Singapore Association of Convention & Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers writes about the importance of data protection in the events industry in this post on PCMA’s website. It’s vital for the events industry to prepare for GDPR both to avoid the penalties for violations and also to safeguard attendees’ data. The entire industry needs to prepare for GDPR ahead of time to “avoid a mad scramble” in mid-May.
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Is Your Event Technology Ready for GDPR?
Hosted by Jason Bernstein, partner at Barnes & Thornburg LLP, and Bryan Scott, CadmiumCD CSO, the webinar shares an overview of what it means to be GDPR Ready, what processes CadmiumCD has in place to be compliant as a data processor, and explains CadmiumCD’s timeline for upcoming GDPR related milestones. You can view this webinar right now by registering for free.