BDO Malta hosts a panel discussion at the GDPR and Privacy Summit

19 November 2018

Dan Clarke President of IntraEdge accompanied by Dr Rakele Cini, Allen Mamo and Mark Attard from BDO Malta

BDO Malta has recently hosted a panel discussion at the GDPR and Privacy Summit held in Malta as part of a worldwide roadshow spanning across continents.

Moderated by Dr Rakele Cini, Risk & Compliance Manager at BDO Malta, the panel included Mr Allen Mamo, Technology Advisory Consultant at BDO Malta, Dr Nicholas Borg, Legal and Regulatory Affairs Manager as well as Privacy Officer at Vodafone Malta, Ms Cristina Cojocaru, the DPO of VGW Group (Virtual Gaming Worlds) and keynote speaker, Mr. Saviour Cachia, Malta’s Information and Data Protection Commissioner. Mr Cachia provided statistics, insights and experiences reported to his office in the first few months after the Regulation came into force.

The European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the most rigorous new privacy law in 20 years. Following its coming into force on 25th May 2018, this Regulation now impacts nearly all businesses.

While a culture of privacy is now growing across organisations, many companies are still unaware of the huge reputational and financial risks they face if a breach happens on any of their systems or databases.

To raise awareness about this important regulation and real-life experience in this field, the GDPR and Privacy Summit hosted its very first conversation on our shores on the 19th October.

The Summit was jointly presented by Intel, Microsoft, BDO Malta, TrustArc, DLA Piper, Allbound and GDPR Edge, and it included a content-rich afternoon followed by a five star dinner and wine tasting event.

The event attracted a group of information security and data protection executives, together with business executives, who had the opportunity to share best practices, and explore challenges, opportunities, and innovations in data privacy and compliance.

The discussion focused on best practices, surprises, anecdotes, and metrics from real companies following the GDPR deadline in May, privacy in an era of globetrotting data, important implications of recent regulations on US-based companies, applications for blockchain in data privacy and compliance, and how compliance may be operationalised.