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Making the General Data Protection regulation simple for Small and Medium-sized enterprises

Location: Online
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On 3 September 2020, the STAR II consortium – composed of the Hungarian National Authority for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (NAIH), Trilateral Research (TRI) and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) –, in collaboration with the Brussels Privacy Hub, will present and discuss the (draft) Guidance for DPAs on good practices to run hotlines for SMEsand the (draft) Handbook on European data protection law for SMEs.  

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was expected to boost the European (digital) economy by more uniformly regulating the free movement of personal data within the European Economic Area and by increasing consumer trust in (online) services. Yet, compliance with the Regulation is still problematic for most Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), which represent the vast majority of all businesses in the EU. 

In this context, the STAR II consortium has undertaken research activities to examine, on the one hand, DPAs’ awareness-raising efforts concerning the GDPR compliance for SMEs; on the other hand, the SMEs’ experience with the GDPR. 

Based on this, the consortium prepared two documents to assist both DPAs and SMEs in their respective obligations:

  • a Guidance for DPAs on good practices to run hotlines for SMEs, containing recommendations to DPAs on how to set up and run a hotline.

  • a Handbook on European data protection law for SMEs, built upon the questions that SMEs most frequently asked via the hotline and the responses given therein.

This workshop is aimed at presenting and seeking feedback on the two documents. Our event will be highly interactive, and we will provide participants and speakers with the opportunity to exchange and to voice their thoughts on the Guidance and the Handbook. The feedback gathered will help STAR II consortium to further advance the draft Guidance and Handbook.

Targeted audience: DPAs, SME Associations, SME owners and employees, (perspective) entrepreneurs, DPOs in SMEs, legal practitioners in SMEs

Place: The event will be held online. The teleconference platform, together with the link to join the event, will be communicated to the registered participants via email in due time.

Time: 12.00 – 14.30 (Brussels time)

For more information and registration, see here.