GDPR Masterclass packed to the last seat

In a hall that had been packed up to the last seat, the GDPR Masterclass Ostendo Consulting gathered at Hotel Antunović 28.2.2018. hundreds of specialists for personal data protection and privacy. Experts during the four panels discussed the most challenging topics of personal data protection.

Regarding the challenges of the most complex GDPR compliance projects at the first panel of experts from Ostendo Consulting were discussed by special guests from three completely different industries. Darja Lončar Dušanović, Data Protection Officer at Croatian Telecom, approached the participants of the GDPR project’s specifics in a high-tech global telecommunications company. Ivan Brckan, Belupo Data Protection Officer, presented the specialties of GDPR implementation in the pharmaceutical industry, while Melita Margić, GLS data officer, spoke about GDPR synchronization in packet distribution.

Special interest was triggered by a panel of consultants on the most common GDPR misapprehensions. Here it was explained that the Regulation does not only protect EU citizens as it is often claimed, but the scope of its application is somewhat different, so there are situations where EU citizens are not protected by the Regulation, and the situations in which the Regulation protects non-EU citizens. It is a common misconception that everyone or almost everyone must be named Data Protection Officer. Although it is good practice to have an individual that takes care of the protection of personal data, it is only an obligation when processing is carried out by the public authority, processing large amounts of personal data, and systematic monitoring of respondents is the core activity of the Lead or Executor, or it processes large amounts of special categories of personal data.

As with all the rest, personal data protection is the responsibility of the administration, not the Personal Data Protection Officer. He is there primarily to advise the Administration on that. The panel also talked about the certification of the Personal Data Protection Officer, which of course – does not exist, but there is a need to check the candidate’s knowledge of this function. Over 20 topics were covered on the panel.

On the third panel, SAP has presented some of their data management solutions, and it was clear to all the participants that effective personal data management is a precondition for their successful protection.

In the end, the panel participants discussed suggesting the change of the Law on the application of the Regulation in Croatia, and invited participants to participate actively in public hearings.

The GDPR Masterclass is the first professional event in Croatia where the best experts in the field of personal data protection can share the experiences gained in the projects.

The list of educations involving Ostendo Consulting is available here.