Bar Council GDPR and Data Protection Training

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We thoroughly enjoyed training Barristers and chambers staff on behalf of the Bar Council on Friday 23rd March at St Philips Chambers, Birmingham.

It was a highly interactive session covering both the compliance elements of the regulation, as well as, practical tips from an IT standpoint.

Beth, Head of Risk and Compliance from Riliance, began the session with an overview of the GDPR. She went on to explain how liability for barristers and chambers staff, with regards to data protection, will be changing as both controllers and processors of personal and sensitive personal data. Beth gave some practical scenarios of sanctions and their detrimental effect on chambers. She offered guidance on the required reporting and how to deal with a data breach to ensure chambers and their Barristers are audit ready in case of an ICO investigation.

Our MD, Paul, covered the role that IT plays within GDPR, namely covering Article 32 of the regulation. Paul presented some safeguarding measures to help prevent a data breach which would help to achieve and demonstrate compliance to the ICO and the necessary stakeholders of chambers. The GDPR places accountability on controllers of personal data to verify that third-party processors and controllers fully adhere to GDPR. Part two of Paul’s presentation covered some tips and considerations for working with third-party service providers, including the key questions to ask around the transfer of data to countries outside the EEA, breach liability and the required contractual amendments, ahead of the 28th May compliance deadline.

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