What is the GDPR Awareness Coalition and what are you doing?

The GDPR Awareness Coalition is a not-for-profit, fixed-term initiative, established in February 2017, to assist in raising awareness of the data privacy obligations for companies big or small, from the global multinational to single employee traders, as a result of implementation of GDPR on the near horizon.

With roots going back in February 2017 with an initial call for collaborators by Garry Connolly, President and Founder of Host in Ireland, the Coalition is currently growing in numbers on a daily basis and involves companies that include GDPR experts, vendors, legal, fiscal, event and general collaborators.

Currently the Coalition is in the rapid formation stage and since the call for collaborators in Feb , has grown to over 66 engaged parties. In addition, it was announced in March 2017 Dennis Jennings, Ireland’s only member of the “Internet Hall of Fame,” will serve as a co-chair with Mr. Connolly.

· Gather as many Coalition members with a single purpose: “Raising Awareness”
· The subject matter is complex, the Coalition’s collateral is simple
· Work to inform ALL business / industry associations of the Coalition’s messages via hosting free-to-attend events
· Work with associations and other industry groups to run online / offline, not-for-profit events

What is the motivation and logic behind this initiative?

“The power is in the collective. Collaboration / co-opetition is a very powerful thing.”

The motivation for the establishment of the initiative was a result of the growing concern that awareness of GDPR in Ireland was very imbalanced. Awareness appeared to be very high in multinational businesses to quite low within the construction and retail sectors for example.

“Ireland has a very strong and well-respected international reputation for being a leader in the digital asset hosting sector,” says Garry Connolly, Host in Ireland. “With many of the world’s leading companies calling Ireland home for their operations in Europe, it was a concern to us when we read some of the recent reports that Ireland had a below-average awareness of the GDPR in comparison to other EU countries. We felt if we could help raise this awareness, we should.”

Awareness is only the first stage, and Mr. Connolly admits whilst he is not an expert on the finer details of GDPR however with the support of the subject matter experts already in the Coalition, we can collectively match those that need to be made aware and those that can provide this awareness via our planned online and offline activites.

We are certainly not closed for additional coalition members and are seeking as many collaborators as possible, so please send an email to info@datasos.ie if you wish to be a part of the Coalition. Someone will respond to your