Are you ready for the introduction of the new European General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)? If not, you only have a little time to prepare, as the new rules come into force on the 25th May 2018.
Partner Ian Robinson said, “The fact that we are currently negotiating an exit from the EU does not mean that we can ignore new EU rules and directives. GDPR is a case in point. Once the GDPR rules have been in place for a few months, the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) will be focussing on establishing compliance”.
The GDPR will replace the current Data Protection Act 1998. Whilst it can be said to be an evolution of the current data protection framework and should contain no large surprises for the majority of companies, it imposes stringent accountability and transparency obligations on data controllers including mandatory reporting of data breaches.
To get a taste of the scope of GDPR, one need look no further than the twelve step programme recommended by the ICO (https://ico.org.uk/media/1624219/preparing-for-the-gdpr-12-steps.pdf):
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