In ideal world technology, be it event registration software, ibeacons or NFC tags, should enhance the events you are planning and the last thing you should be worrying about is data compliance or privacy. I for one, find prophets of doom also don’t help the party go with bang. However as with any event, if you know the issues in advance you can prepare effectively so that every aspect of your event runs as smoothly as you would like.
By the end of September the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will take shape which will have implications for anyone that holds or uses personal data at a conference or event. If you or your tech suppliers have data of event attendees you need check compliance. In the first instance have a look at www.eudataprotectionlaw.com for some handy hints.
With several businesses often involved in putting on a conference, it is vitally important for example to know who the data controllers are, as they carry liability for the others. Many people don’t realise Data Controllers must also register with the ICO (UK data regulator). This costs £35 a year for most organisations.
While data compliance is not as glamorous as your events, following the regulations is as important as for the weather, well you can’t control everything.