United States: Still Thinking About GDPR?

Last Updated: May 18 2018
Article by Cynthia J. Larose

We are now in the 10-day countdown to the GDPR enforcement date that we've been talking about since 2015. If you are a charter member of Procrastinators Anonymous, or just secretly hoped that this would all go away, the sands in the hourglass are running low. Remember that this is not like Y2K. May 25 just represents the date on which the EU will start to enforce the GDPR. Compliance is ongoing and, if your company collects, processes, uses EU-origin personal data, the compliance obligation runs to you, regardless of where in the world you are located.

Here is a quick refresher list of the webinars that we've produced on GDPR issues. Pick a topic and get going!

EU Data Protection GDPR for Life Sciences (3/14/2018)

https://mintz.webex.com/mintz/lsr.php?RCID=12a7441da963333b01da237ca419396b

This webinar, the ninth in our EU General Data Protection Regulation Series, focuses on topics that are vital to life sciences companies seeking to come into compliance, including handling clinical study data, other scientific research, CRO and other contractor agreements, and transferring personal data outside of the EU.

Getting Your Contracts Ready for GDPR (11/16/2017)

https://mintz.webex.com/mintz/lsr.php?RCID=fe0eed5640a85a8ebb2beb6bc83e83e8

This webinar, the eighth in our EU General Data Protection Regulation Series, reviews the GDPR's express contract requirements and discusses additional matters that you may want to address in your contracts.

Handling Human Resources Data Under Privacy Shield and the GDPR (10/5/2017)

https://mintz.webex.com/mintz/lsr.php?RCID=880eaf4c652aad528de47cde6be78578

This webinar, the seventh in our EU General Data Protection Regulation Series, reviews current options for transferring personal data, including under Privacy Shield, and previews the new landscape under GDPR.

Access, Correction and Erasure: How to Minimize the Burden (2/16/2017)

https://mintz.webex.com/mintz/lsr.php?RCID=9f6b274207228673ad6d4fe938991ee8

This webinar, the sixth in our EU General Data Protection Regulation Series, considers companies' obligations to give individuals access to their data and to correct or erase it. We explore the new data portability requirements. The webinar concludes with some suggestions on how to make these requirements less burdensome.

Transferring Data from the EU (1/12/2017)

https://mintz.webex.com/mintz/lsr.php?RCID=f49a18275f1088209190e48151bec9ec

This webinar, the fifth in our EU General Data Protection Regulation Series, explores the ways in which the Regulation creates new avenues for data transfers, and narrows others. In particular, we consider sector-specific Commission decisions, privacy seals/certifications, the exception for non-repetitive, limited transfers, and the outlook for BCRs and Model Clauses.

Data Protection Officers: Do You Need One? (12/15/2016)

https://mintz.webex.com/mintz/lsr.php?RCID=86d1f2c36c05bcfc89eec5077f1cf921

This webinar, the fourth in our EU General Data Protection Regulation Series, examines the criteria that dictate whether or not your organization needs to appoint a Data Protection Officer. We discuss the role of the DPO, the significance of the "independence" requirement, and the qualifications required to hold the position.

Good-bye to the Cure-all: The New Rules on Consent (11/10/2016)

https://mintz.webex.com/mintz/lsr.php?RCID=de3b01c1f3d3828f8b8d12dc585a8cfe

This webinar, the third in our EU General Data Protection Regulation Series, reviews the new restrictions on relying on user consent to data processing and data transfers. In addition to the general "imbalance of power" problem, we consider the implications of the Directive on unfair terms in consumer contracts and changes that may need to be made to terms of use and privacy policies when dealing with consumers.

Accountability, Data Security, Data Impact Assessments and Breach Notification Requirements (10/13/2016)

https://mintz.webex.com/mintz/lsr.php?RCID=dadbef107c41c287059e1dcf0db3cc49

This webinar, the second in our EU General Data Protection Regulation Series, focuses on the data security and accountability requirements of the Regulation, including reviews and documentation of internal policies and procedures and data impact assessments. We also explore the breach notification requirements and actions that companies can take in advance to mitigate the need for breach notification.

One-Stop Shopping Mall? The New Regulatory Structure (9/14/2016)

https://mintz.webex.com/mintz/lsr.php?RCID=9b389aa85bb81e0af962ff4a5d8226df

This webinar, the first in our EU General Data Protection Regulation Series, explains the powers and role of the new European Data Protection Board, how a "lead supervisory authority" will be designated for each controller, and how the lead supervisory authority will interact with other interested supervisory authorities. We also look at the complaint process from the point of view of the individual who is claiming a violation, and explore the likely role that will be played by public interest organizations bringing group complaints.

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