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GDPR workshop to aid Midlands manufacturers

10 November 2017

Businesses from the manufacturing industry in the Midlands are set to receive a rundown on GDPR in a workshop next month.

GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is the new legislation being brought in by the EU on 25 May 2018.

It will replace the Data Protection Directive of 1995 and increase the restrictions of how data is held and managed.

Organisations that are non-compliant with the new GDPR rules are liable for fines of up to 4 per cent of their annual global turnover or €20 million, whichever is greater.

Non-compliance can include a lack of transparency on how data is held or experiencing a data breach through a lack of cyber security.

Microsoft and Birmingham-based IT Services Provider ACUTEC have partnered to deliver the much-needed workshop to the manufacturing industry.

The event is being held at the Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry on Wednesday 6 December.

The workshop will conclude for delegates with a VIP tour of the state-of-the-art facility.

“Organisations need to start thinking operationally about their relationship with GDPR,” said Chris Roche (pictured), managing director of ACUTEC. “It will have a major impact on how we all run our businesses.”

The workshop will give an overview of GDPR and its effects on how businesses hold data, as well as how businesses should begin to review their IT security and the precautions that they need to have in place.

As a Microsoft Gold Partner and recent nominee for the industry leading CRN Channel Awards, ACUTEC is well placed in the IT industry to discuss GDPR with small and medium sized businesses.

“The event focuses on what businesses in manufacturing need to know about GDPR,” said Urfaan Azhar, operations manager at ACUTEC.

“There’s so many rumours and cases of scaremongering that are getting the facts wrong. We’re aiming to help people understand the issue, not be put into a panic.”

The workshop is still open for bookings. Microsoft and ACUTEC encourage any manufacturing businesses concerned about GDPR to sign up quickly as places are limited. Registration for the event is open here.

 

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