Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment Denis Naughten TD will deliver the opening address at the DataSec 2017 conference which takes place in the RDS, Dublin, on May 3rd.
The conference will address the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which comes into effect in May 2018, replacing all current data protection regulations and resulting in significant changes in how the public and private sector across the EU and beyond handle consumer data.
The GDPR will be the most stringent data protection law in the world when it is implemented and will strengthen and expand consumers rights over how their personal data is used by organisations.
Under the new regulation organisations will be required to document how they protect and use consumer data; will have to seek informed, specific consent for how they use consumer's data; and will have to delete or transfer data securely to other organisations if required to by consumers.
The fines for non-compliance will also be significantly higher than under current legislation and can reach up to €20m or 4pc of global earnings in some cases.
Consumers will also be able to take a civil case against organisations who breach the legislation, even where there is no proof that they have suffered material damage as a result.
All businesses operating in the EU, as well as businesses outside the EU which hold any private information on EU citizens, will have to comply with the new regulation.
In addition to Minister Naughten, the DataSec 2017 conference will feature expert speakers in IT, data protection and law to help Irish businesses and public sector bodies comply with GDPR, including Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon.