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The Northern Information Governance Forum (NIGF) will be welcoming Information Governance and IT professionals to its second event at Wigan Town Hall. This event has a particular focus on Accountability will be held on the 30th January.

It will host speakers from leading organisations including the Data Protection Officer from the Newcastle Building Society sharing his experience of implementing the GDPR’s accountability principle, the Information Governance Manager from Wigan Council speaking about making the best use of Social Media and the Internet and a series of breakout sessions to allow more in depth discussion on different areas of accountability including:

GDPR and DPO Training

The GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018 require organisations to ensure staff are aware of their own and the organisation's responsibility in respect of data protection. Other regulatory organisations including PCI DSS, BSI and the FCA also mandate training and awareness for staff.

We believe that face-to-face training and awareness is highly effective as it provides staff with the opportunity to raise questions and discuss data protection issues relating to their organisation. It also establishes an ongoing relationship between our trainers and your staff should they wish to ask further questions post-training.

On October 3rd, 2019 Information Governance and IT professionals from the North East, North West of England and Scotland gathered for the launch of the Northern Information Governance Forum at the prestigious Head Office of Virgin Money in Newcastle.

The event was opened by Mark Dennis, Managing Director of Evolve North (one of the sponsors of the event) who introduced the forum as ‘a self help group for Data Protection and Cyber Security folks’. Mark stressed that the NIGF requires support from all of us, nothing is set in stone and its ownership is all of us. Mark thanked the additional sponsors of the launch event including; Virgin Money, Online Systems, and NGI. 

Industry - Data Protection

The Information Commissioner’s Office has recently reiterated its message to businesses to “prepare for all scenarios” in light of the possibility that the UK leaves the European Union with no deal.

Personal information has been able to flow freely between organisations in the UK and EEA without any specific measures due to the fact that there is a common set of rules for processing data under the EU General Data Protection Regulation. This two-way free flow of personal information will no longer be the case if the UK leaves the EU without any additional agreement that specifically provides for the continued flow of personal data.

Regardless of Brexit, businesses will need to consider if they are currently transferring personal data to countries outside the EU, but Brexit brings in the additional complication that once the UK leaves Europe, additional measures will be needed to assure data transfers into the UK.