Saving Millions: Understanding and Implementing the GDPR

Stefan Priebsch | The Harvard Web Working Group |

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of the European Union unifies rules for processing personal data throughout the European Union. The GDPR applies to non-European companies if they offer their goods or services on the European market. Violations can lead to fines of up to 4% of the total annual turnover achieved worldwide or 20 million EUR, whichever is higher, so you'd better pay attention. Recently, a housing company has been fined 14.5 million EUR, textile trading company H&M faces a 35 million EUR fine, and Google has been fined 50 million EUR by the French data protection authority. To help you better understand the GDPR, and the reasoning behind its rules, we will attempt a historical classification from a German viewpoint. We will then talk about what implications the GDPR has in terms of software development, and look into some of the challenges that the GDPR presents to European companies. All this is presented from the viewpoint of a computer scientist, not a legal expert. Following the presentation, there will be enough room for questions and answers, and a constructive discussion of the matter.

About the presenter

Stefan Priebsch

Stefan Priebsch inspires with a combination of new ideas and field-tested approaches.