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What impact has GDPR had on cities?

Eighteen months on from its introduction, Jonathan Andrews spoke to four European city leaders about how the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has affected their roles
Jamie Cudden, Smart City Programme Manager, Dublin

Jamie Cudden, Smart City Programme Manager, Dublin

[The introduction of GDPR] gave us a bit of momentum to start to revisit our portfolio of projects. This includes an innovation programme where we work with a lot of start-ups with more than 40 projects. Dublin City Council put a focus, or lens, on all those projects, taking into account the new world of ethics, digital rights and data privacy. Within the team we have a wonderful champion who has taken a lead on it and we recognise the need to train the team because everyone has a different understanding of what GDPR is and what it isn’t. Twenty-five of us went through an extensive training session, so you could say we are now ‘certified’ in GDPR. We then started looking retrospectively focusing on risk profiles, and undertook data protection impact assessments.

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