The General Data Protection Regulation for associations: the challenge of compliance

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The General Data Protection Regulation for associations: the challenge of compliance

06/02/2018 @ 12:00 - 14:00

The European Society for Association Executives wishes to invite you to an event co-organised with the Association Leadership Academy and hosted by Mayer Brown on “The General Data Protection Regulation for associations: the challenge of compliance”.

ESAE played a crucial role in setting up this event, as one of our proud members will be used as a practical case study during this event. 

Why attend?
Whatever the status of your readiness for the introduction of the new data protection regulation, this session is of relevance to your organisation. It will cover clear steps on what you need to do to conform with the new rules, and will also present a practical case study by Mayer Brown, which has developed a methodology to assist associations in addressing the challenges of compliance in a cost effective way.

Why is the GDPR relevant to EU Associations?
Because in the course of your daily activities, associations collect and process personal data; from your employees and staff, your members and the individuals attending your conferences and events. Associations often conduct what are considered to be “direct marketing activities”, inviting people to subscribe to newsletters and other communications. The collection and processing of personal data, which is vital to the functioning of an EU association, must comply with the new GDPR Regulation. Some of the new requirements include (depending on the circumstances): conducting data protection impact assessments, appointing a data protection officer, keeping records of data processing activities, notifying data breaches to the Data Protection Authority within 72 hours, and much more. The GDPR introduces new and significant sanctions for non-compliance. Fines can amount to millions  of Euros.

Please follow this link to find out more about the topics to be addressed and the speakers who will present here.

This session is free of charge.  A light lunch is kindly provided by our hosts, Mayer Brown Europe.

Preparing for the session: 
In order to render the session more pertinent for participants, please consider the questions below.

You can send your answers if you wish along with your registration email to


  1. Have you started getting ready for the GDPR implementation deadline? If so, when?
  2. Do you believe your organisation will be ready by 25th May 2018? Or, do you think you’re too late to meet this deadline?
  3. What do you think are the most critical challenges created by the GDPR for your organisation?
  4. Do you think any visitors to your organisation’s website will read your privacy statement?


12:00 - 14:00


ESAE Board of Directors