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Why GDPR could lead to new wave of data breach ‘ambulance chasers’

Source: TTG Media | Travel industry, travel agent and tourism news, events and jobs

There was plenty of practical advice on the upcoming GDPR at the TTI 2017 Summer Forum, with speakers from Kuoni, Atcore and The Newmarket Group offering tips.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which replaces the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC, starts from May 25, 2018 and will have a huge impact on every travel company. It is intended to harmonise data privacy laws across Europe, to protect and empower all EU citizens’ data privacy and to reshape the way organisations approach this issue.

Speaking at the recent Travel Technology Initiative Summer Forum, travel professionals shared their views on how to best prepare…

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Kuoni says it follows the Information Commissioner’s Office’s website ( to review the recommendations and identify gaps in its current processes before working with key members of the business teams to prioritise changes to be made. Steve Taylor (pictured above), development project manager, Kuoni, said its “Getting Ready for GDPR” progress tool has been helpful in creating a detailed checklist. He also highlighted law firm Bird & Bird’s GDPR guide as a useful reference –

Look at company phones and other devices

Think about your staff and their devices, Steve Dobson, IT security director at Atcore, urged. For example: are your company’s devices regularly patched? Can you remote-wipe phones and tablets if they are lost or stolen? When staff members change roles, are their access rights reviewed and if someone leaves, is their access from all systems revoked?

Involve all your staff…
Progress is discussed at Kuoni’s UK board…

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