In June 2018 Ibrahim Hasan travelled to Dubai to deliver a GDPR workshop for international businesses and their advisers based in the Middle East. A wide range of delegates attended including representatives of the telecommunications, legal and technology sectors.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR will not just have an impact on Data Controllers and Data Processors in the European Union (EU). It will also apply to organisations in the rest of world that are:
- processing personal data of individuals living in the EU;
- offering goods or services to individuals in the EU, even if there is no charge for such goods or services; or
Our Dubai workshop examined the legal and practical impact of GDPR on Middle East/GCC based organisations. All the key issues for Data Controllers as well as Data Processors were discussed including international transfers, contract clauses and guarantees, security and breach notification and when a Data Protection Officer needs to be appointed. Crucially we also discussed how GDPR is a business opportunity rather than a threat.
Questions from the floor included:
- Application to subsidiaries
- Practically dealing with the Right to Erasure
- The overlap of GDPR with human rights
- The link with local (UAE) laws
- National security and GDPR
- E mail disclosures
- Insurance for GDPR breaches
- Application to group companies outside the EU
The feedback from the delegates was excellent with many saying that the workshop gave them food for thought. The Act Now mugs and notebooks went down well too!
Dubai being Dubai, of course the hospitality extended by the hotel was par excellence. At each refreshment break we were served what seemed to be a full meal! Check out the photos below:
Our thanks to the staff at Radisson Blu in Dubai Media City, particularly Amish the manager.
Ibrahim Hasan said:
“I was really pleased to design and deliver this workshop in Dubai. It adds to our growing experience of delivering data protection training abroad. I would like to thank my good friends the Hafiji family for hosting me during my stay and showing me the sights. It was an all round 5 star experience.” ***
Act Now Training is pleased to announce two more GDPR training workshops in Dubai (UAE). We can also deliver customized GDPR courses at clients’ premises.
(*** – M and A, it would have been six stars but you forgot the miniature shower gel!!)