GRTU sup­ports busi­ness own­ers in ensuring com­pli­ance with new, oner­ous, data pro­tec­tion rules

The Malta Business Weekly - - FRONT PAGE -

GRTU Malta Cham­ber of SMEs last week or­gan­ised a sem­i­nar for busi­ness own­ers to as­sist Mal­tese SMEs in be­com­ing com­pli­ant with the new Gen­eral Data Pro­tec­tion Reg­u­la­tion. The sem­i­nar was held at Mon­tekristo Es­tate.

The new GDPR en­ters into force in a month’s time on 25 May. For the first time, this new reg­u­la­tion will cre­ate a com­mon set of EU rules to en­able the flow of data in the EU Dig­i­tal Sin­gle Mar­ket and give stronger rights to cit­i­zens and con­sumers.

GRTU re­mains com­mit­ted to en­sure that SMEs are pro­vided with all the in­for­ma­tion which would en­able their busi­ness to be­come com­pli­ant and avoid the hefty fines that could be im­posed by this reg­u­la­tion. GRTU in­sists that there is no one-size-fits-all and that the im­ple­ment­ing au­thor­i­ties shall con­tinue with their aware­ness ed­u­ca­tional campaign be­fore opt­ing for pe­nal­is­ing gen­uine omis­sions. This is a learn­ing process for all stake­hold­ers.

GRTU pres­i­dent Paul Abela said “with the ad­vance­ments of elec­tron­ics, IT and so­cial me­dia, the level of in­ter­ac­tiv­ity of busi­nesses has in­creased dra­mat­i­cally, some- thing that GRTU it­self en­cour­ages. At the same time how­ever, this has some­times re­sulted in an overkill and con­sumers grow­ing tired of con­stantly be­ing tar­geted with mar­ket­ing ma­te­rial and feel­ing that their pri­vacy is be­ing stepped into.

We hope that the Gen­eral Data Pro­tec­tion Reg­u­la­tion will iron out these is­sues and help us un­der­stand how we can im­prove our en­ter­prises to give an even bet­ter ser­vice to our cus­tomers, because the so­lu­tion, in our opin- ion, should never be to re­tract but to im­prove and ad­vance”.

Ad­dress­ing those present, parliamentary sec­re­tary for Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion and Val­letta 2018 Deo De­bat­tista said: “The Gen­eral Data Pro­tec­tion Reg­u­la­tion should not be con­sid­ered as an ob­sta­cle and should not be turned into a fear for fines or new ad­min­is­tra­tive pro­ce­dures. Rather, I feel that this reg­u­la­tion should be con­sid­ered as an op­por­tu­nity to strengthen trust be­tween us and with those we serve.”

Dur­ing the sem­i­nar, the com­mis­sioner for In­for­ma­tion and Data Pro­tec­tion ex­plained the new reg­u­la­tion and dis­cussed it with ex­per­tise from the pri­vate sec­tor. “Data pro­tec­tion is a fun­da­men­tal hu­man right. It is in the busi­nesses’ in­ter­est to com­ply with the GDPR,” he said. Fur­ther­more, those present had the op­por­tu­nity of di­rectly putting for­ward their ques­tions and/or con­cerns.

The sem­i­nar will be avail­able on­line for the ben­e­fit of busi­ness own­ers who could not at­tend. In­ter­ested par­ties may get in touch with the GRTU Malta Cham­ber of SMEs for more in­for­ma­tion.

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