GDPR Anniversary Highlights Need For Businesses To Change Attitudes Towards Data Protection.

GDPR Anniversary Highlights Need For Businesses To Change Attitudes Towards Data Protection.

As the one year anniversary of GDPR approaches, a data expert is warning that companies need to change their attitude towards the legislation. Privacy Lead at Data Oversight, Hellen Beveridge, says that when it comes to GDPR, rather than recognising practices, businesses need to change to meet required standards, organisations frequently try to mould legislation to fit into their existing processes.





GDPR first came into effect across the EU on the 25th May 2018.


Beveridge was speaking about the first year of GDPR and how Brexit will affect it ahead of her appearance at this year’s European Data Protection Summit, which takes place at 133 Houndsditch, London on the 3rd of June this year.


The European Data Protection Summit 2019 will welcome over 700 attendees, feature over 50 industry expert speakers and over 30 exhibitors. Everything data protection, governance and security related will be discussed.


Speakers confirmed so far this year include:


Max Schrems, Founder of noyb and privacy activist


Steve Wright, Group DPO of Bank of England


Nicola Roviaro, Head of EMEA Data Privacy at Google


Tamara Ballard, Data Protection Lawyer at Channel 4


Sheila M. Fitzpatrick, President & Founder of Fitzpatrick & Associates


Speaking about companies in the UK and their failure to embrace GDPR in line with regulations, Beveridge said:


“Organisations fall broadly into two camps: risk-averse and risk-tolerant. While the former are working hard as they want to do the right thing by their customers and, more importantly, don’t want to fall foul of the Regulator. The latter, in return, are still waiting to see if any of their peers get caught, and then they might take a ..