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January 2017 Newsletter

January 2017 Newsletter

  • Posted by Marie Murphy
  • On January 5, 2017
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Welcome to the January 2017 newsletter from Safe Data Matters! I hope you find the content useful.
Feel free to contact me with any feedback or requests for future newsletters.


What to expect in 2017

2017 is going to be a big year for organisations getting to grips with GDPR preparation. I’ll be publishing articles with practical advice and insights throughout the year. I’ll also keep an eye out for other publications and will include references and links in my newsletters.

You can expect to see about 6 newsletters in 2017 – one approx every 2 months and more if there are particularly significant developments to report. Sign up to our mailing list to make sure you don’t miss any!


Just published – data security blog


Data protection and security go hand-in-hand. You can’t have one without the other! Enough cliches! Why dont you check out my latest blog on lessons we can all learn from 2016’s data security breaches – including a small rant on how we keep making the same mistakes over and over. Maybe 2017 will be different.


Guidelines on GDPR preparation -some handy links


The European Data Protection agencies are gearing up for GDPR. In December, the EU Data Protection Supervisory Authority working group (WP29) issued their first set of guidelines for controllers and processors on implementation of the GDPR.

You may also be interested in a previous article I wrote about appointing a “GDPR-friendly” DPO.

The WP29 plan to issue guidelines on Data Protection Impact Assessments and Certification in 2017.

Finally, the Irish Data Protection Commissioner issued her guidance on preparing for GDPR at the end of November.


Upcoming events


#dpconf17 is the hashtag for the 9th Annual Data Protection Conference run by the Association of Data Protection Officers on January 25th and 26th at the ICS offices in Ballsbridge. Looks to be a great event – speakers include the Minister Dara Murphy and the DPC Helen Dixon.
I’ll be running a half-day training on Privacy by Design on the morning of the 25th. If you come along, please do come and introduce yourself!