Local businesses benefit from data protection event

Last week Cannock Chase MP, Amanda Milling, co-hosted a breakfast event where local businesses were briefed on the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Over 90 businesses registered for the event which the Cannock Chase MP hosted alongside Spartan Global Services and Chase Chamber of Commerce.  Attendees were briefed on the new regulation which comes into force in May 2018 by Chris Patthis, Chief Executive of Spartan Global Services.  The briefing outlined the additional requirements and processes which businesses will need to implement to ensure that they are compliant with the new regulation. 

Amanda Milling MP said: “I am delighted that so many local businesses came to the event. It is crucial that all businesses, no matter what size or sector, are fully prepared ahead of the new regulations coming into force in May.  The briefing was very comprehensive and I know attendees left feeling better informed about their obligations and what the processes that they will need to implement to ensure that they are fully compliant.”

Chris Pattihis of Spartan Global Services said: “Businesses are all too aware of the impact these changes will have but we were keen to ensure they are fully prepared. I hope that those in attendance now feel ready for the changes and once they come into force, it will be a smooth transition.”

In addition, the Staffordshire’s Digital Police Community Support Officer, Matt Hough-Clewes briefed attendees on the cyber-crime and the measures businesses should take to prevent a cyber-attack.

The Cannock Chase MP added: “I was very pleased that Staffordshire Police’s Digital Officer PCSO Matt Hough-Clewes was able to join us and outline the risks of cyber-crime and that ways in which businesses can protect themselves from cyber-attack.  The event was also a great opportunity to meet and talk to so many local business people and discuss the issues that they currently face.

If any local businesses missed the event and need advice preparing for GDPR, they can contact Amanda Milling MP or Spartan Global Services for advice.