In recent years we’ve seen a growing awareness of privacy issues, particularly in the wake of Edward Snowden’s revelations. The 2015 collapse of the safe harbour agreement (making it illegal to store data on EU citizens in the US) was patched up with Privacy Shield in 2016, but that’s on shaky ground too. The new EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) come into force in May 2018, raising privacy & data protection standards, and massively increasing exposure for companies both inside and outside the EU.

All too often legal departments have no contact with developers, and the only time the right conversations happen is when something has gone horribly wrong and it’s too late. We need to fix this – developers need to be aware of legal responsibilities because it’s implementation details that matter, and that’s what this talk is all about.

We will cover what makes the GDPR different, how it changes what happens at the developer and sysadmin level, and what steps you will need to take to conform to the standards.


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Nice talk about the very actual subject.
Marcus realy covers the subject and gives very clear answers on every question.

Koen Cornelis at 23:23 on 27 Jan 2018

The first really good explanation i've heard about the subject. Good talker, good slides, to the point.

Leon Boot at 12:03 on 29 Jan 2018

Wouldn't want to have missed this. Sorry Wim fell ill, but replacing his talk with this one was a very good call.

Incredibly relevant even though it feels a bit out of place at a convention about programming. It really made clear what rights end users have had in the past and will have in the future going forward, and what companies need to change in order to comply to the new regulation.