How will new proposed European Data Protection rules affect the Internet of Things?

20 March 2015, 11am


High-level roundtable with Vicky Ford MEP

Venue: Wordsworth room, St John's College, Cambridge, St John's Street, Cambridge CB2 1TP

11.00-13.00, Friday 20 March 2015

This small high-level roundtable highlighted the effect of the proposed European General Data Protection Regulation on Internet of Things companies. The roundtable will be held in St John’s College, Cambridge, at 11:00-13:00 on Friday 20 March 2015.

Trust and confidence in the use of data is fundamental to the success of all data driven businesses. Start-ups and scale-ups benefit from data protection rules that give consumers the confidence to embrace new digital technologies - yet they are also disproportionately impacted by rules that are excessively onerous on business. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is likely to be agreed in Brussels this year and will have a significant impact on how digital businesses can collect, retain, process and use data. techUK believe that Current EU proposals fall short in terms of both making it easier for consumers to understand and manage the use of their own data; and in providing the more harmonised and predictable regulatory environment that small businesses need. The UK Government's own impact assessment estimates that the proposed regulation may cost UK SMEs up to £290 million.

Please join us for a small high-level roundtable which will look at the at the potential impact on data-driven IoT companies, a key growth area for the UK for the next five years. We are keen to share with you a new case study by Bird & Bird on the impact of the GDPR on a fictional Internet of Things growth company, and get your views and feedback on the case study and potential impact on your own business. We will also be looking at how Internet of Things firms can influence lawmakers before the final policy is agreed.

Speakers at the roundtable will include:

· Vicky Ford, MEP, East of England, Chair of Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection

· Antony Walker, Deputy CEO, techUK

· Ruth Boardman, Partner, Bird & Bird

· UK Government representative (tbc)

Attendance at this event is by invitation only, to request a place please contact Shane Murphy