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Over Half Of Irish Businesses Not Ready for GDPR

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GDPR is fast approaching and half of Irish businesses aren’t ready yet

According to an Ernest & Young (EY) survey, 54% of Irish businesses surveyed do not know if the consent they hold to use consumers’ personal data is compliant with GDPR or if a process of re-consent is required. It means that they are not ready for the new regulation and risk facing the large fines that come into effect with the GDPR legislation.

The survey also shows that 40% of businesses expressed an intent to hire a Data Protection Officer but had not yet done so. According to EY, this suggests a shortage of talent in the market, which may cause a rush to make appointments, either of DPOs or service providers who offer the service closer to the compliance deadline.

The results also indicate that soon – from May 2018, Irish business will be rushing to find data protection officers and any kind of specialist who will be able to help them to become GDPR compliant. Alan Deery, Director of New Horizons Ireland also agrees that is a risk for Irish business to wait until May to think about it. ‘We have been training people since last year, but still not enough to meet the market needs in the near future’.

Records of data processing

Under the regulation, organisations are required to document records of data processing, yet the survey found that 16% of companies have not started this process.  It has been anticipated that the office of the data protection commissioner may well use a request for documentation as a first step in assessing compliance. Failure to produce on request, or inadequacies in same, may lead to an audit.

It is more than noticeable that most of the businesses aren’t ready to be 100% GDPR compliant, some of them as exposed in the survey aren’t even closer of it. The best action to take immediately is to start planning the steps and the actions needed from now. Training is usually the best option when it comes to acquire new knowledge.

GDPR Courses at New Horizons Ireland

New Horizons Ireland runs different GDPR courses to educate yourself or your team about the new regulation. Don’t wait for May to became GDPR compliant, start now to develop your team.

GDPR Certifications

Certified Information Privacy Professional


The “what” of privacy, and why you need it.

  • Legal
  • Compliance
  • Information Management
  • Data Governance
  • Human Resources

Duration: 2 days


  • Exam
  • IAPP membership
  • Official training

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Certified Information Privacy Manager


The “how” of privacy operations, and why you need it.

  • Risk Management
  • Privacy Operations
  • Accountability
  • Audit
  • Privacy Analytics

Duration: 2 days


  • Exam
  • IAPP membership
  • Official training

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Certified Information Privacy Technologist


The “how” of privacy and technology, and why you need it.

  • Information Technology
  • Information Security
  • Software Engineering
  • Privacy by Design 

Duration: 2 days


  • Exam
  • IAPP membership
  • Official training

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Other Popular GDPR courses

The GDPR Primer for Data Protection Officers
2 Days

  • The social, historical and legal background leading to the general data protection regulation (GDPR)
  • Principle one: the criteria governing fair, open and transparent processing of personal data
  • The role of the data protection officer (DPO)
  • The remedies, liabilities and penalties available under the gdpr
  • Provisions for specific processing situations
  • Preparing for implementation of the GDPR

Outline and course dates

Watch our webinar

GDPR, IAPP Training and Certification: What you haven’t heard, and why you need to hear it before May 25th 2018

DATE:  02/15/2018

TIME:  5:00 am PST / 8:00 am EST / 1:00 pm GMT

PRESENTER:  Paul Jordan, Managing Director, Europe - IAPP

Most know that GDPR is taking effect on May 25th 2018 which requires organizations to prepare technology, processes and people towards gaining compliance. Due to this EU regulation there has been a recent surge of training solutions that have become available in the marketplace. Unfortunately many make claims that their training will make your organization GDPR compliant which is not possible. To help decipher how to best prepare your organization for GDPR compliance, we have enlisted the help of the world’s largest data privacy certification and membership organization, International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). Paul Jordan, Managing Director – Europe IAPP, will provide clarity on why privacy and security sit on opposite sides of the front door to an organization, and how GDPR will impact organizations, people, technology and processes all over the world. Mr. Jordan will also will explain how IAPP’s ISO certified training, certifications and membership sets itself apart from other solutions. Do not miss this exceptional opportunity to hear the latest from Mr. Jordan while having the opportunity to ask questions how best to prepare your organization for GDPR and longer term data privacy needs.

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