On Friday 10th November, GTG Advocates will be delivering an information seminar for the Malta Hotels & Restaurants Association (MHRA) on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and particularly its impact on the hotels and restaurants industry.
As the May 2018 deadline for implementing the GDPR looms closer, businesses (including within the hospitality industry) handling personal data of EU citizens need to have adequate measures in place.
Hotels process and generally store a very high volume of guests’ personal information and payment card transactions on a daily basis. They also receive this information from a variety of sources, such as third-party booking systems, point of sales systems, concessions, their own site, emails, faxes, phones and walk-ins. This reality exposes the hotel industry to numerous data threats and hotels are thus required to safeguard guest data and avoid the financial repercussions that could result from lack of compliance.
The seminar is thus intended to highlight the industry’s main challenges to comply with the regulation and offer guidance towards compliance. Dr Ian Gauci will be analysing the legal aspects and what is required for Data Protection Compliance under the regulation. Dr Michele Tufigno will then highlight the employment issues that arise under the GDPR.
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