On Thursday, 29 March 2018, HR One Luxembourg held its Data Day at which Me Mario Di Stefano and other speakers addressed human resources managers with respect to the impact of the entry into force of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) scheduled for 25 May 2018.

Me DI STEFANO’s presentation covered the legal aspects of the GDPR’s impact on labour law and DSM was a proud sponsor of the event. Below is HR One’s summary of his presentation:

“The occasion was ideal for developping the legal aspects, thanks to Mario di Stefano, Attorney at DSM Avocats à la Cour, who came to speak on labour law and the consequences of the GDPR’s arrival. For him, we should not confine ourselves to seeing the regulation as a new constraint. Certain companies have been capable of anticipating its entry into force so that today they are ready, something which is a significant advantage because data protection is not necessary solely to avoid sanctions. The Cambridge Analytica scandal and its effect on Facebook’s value and reputation is new proof of data management’s impact on a company. For several years already, the right to personal data protection has been a European Union fundamental right, the attorney pointed out. What the GDPR will change is the definition of a data breach. Of course, in addition to that posing a reputational risk, a sactioning regime will be established and sanctions can have a high cost according to the seriousness of the infraction. To finish on a more positive note, Maitre di Stefano reminded the audience that data managment provides an opportunity to stand out from the competition. Obviously, data management is cross-cutting in a company, but in light of the data processed by HR personnel, they must be involved in it. Management must also train all personnel in data management.”

The seminar took place on the Farvest premises, located at the Alvisse Parc Hotel in Luxembourg.