How to make the most painful GDPR tasks less painful

We know about the GDPR's €20m fines but what does a compliance programme involve? Data privacy expert Patrick O'Kane irons out possible bumps in the road.

by Patrick O’Kane

As an in-house lawyer and Data Protection Officer for a Fortune 500 company, I have experience in trying to engage departments such as HR, marketing and legal in the sometimes grim area of data protection. You are never going to be the most popular person at the office party with my job but if you make your GDPR project practical and engaging, you can get on the right side of the law, win your customers’ trust and avoid those much-hyped fines. 

Running an effective GDPR compliance programme means you must change some of your processes and operations to align with the regulation. You must also educate the people in your company, all the way up to the boardroom, on what they will have to do, and avoid doing, to avoid those mammoth fines.

Some GDPR tasks are going to be painful. Here are some of the toughest.

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