General Data Protection Regulation Countdown - One year to go
On 25 May 2018, the UK's current data protection legislation
(the Data Protection Act 1998) will be replaced by the General Data
Protection Regulation ("GDPR"). The GDPR imposes very
significant additional obligations on the way organisations are
able to lawfully obtain, hold and handle personal data. The
law will apply in full from day one and there is a proactive
obligation to be able to demonstrate compliance on demand.
The new regime brings with it a substantial increase in
potential fines, which can in some cases be up to 4% of turnover or
€20 million (whichever is higher).
As an initial step towards GDPR compliance, organisations should
(if they have not done so already) identify and document what
personal data they hold and on what legal basis, what it is it
being used for, where it is stored and what security is in place to
protect it. Where personal data is processed based on an
individual's consent, organisations should review their consent
mechanisms to establish whether they meet the new stricter
requirements of the GDPR. Organisations should also take
steps now to establish whether they are required to appoint a data
protection officer pursuant to the GDPR. For further
background information on the GDPR, please refer to our Data
Protection Update available by clicking here.
In order to assist organisations with their preparation for the
GDPR, we are running a free seminar on Wednesday 12
July between 9:00 am - 10:30 am at our Hull office. We will
be looking at the key changes to data protection law as a result of
the GDPR and advising on some of the steps organisations should be
taking to ensure compliance. If you would like to attend the
seminar, please register here. Limited spaces are
available. If you have any queries, please contact David White (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Posted on: 25/05/2017
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