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As qualified GDPR advisors, we can assist with the steps involved in becoming GDPR compliant
The EU - General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will supercede the current "Data Protection Act" from the 25th May 2018. It will become a legal requirement to protect the "Personal Information" of EU citizen's wherever it is held in the world. In October 2016 it was agreed that the UK Government would implement this regulation into UK law, so even post Brexit, UK organisations will still need to be compliant with GDPR.
GDPR will introduce new limits and controls on the way any organisation, business or charity, can retain and process "Personal Identifiable Information" belonging to a living European Citizen.
1) GDPR will limit the way and type of data that an organisation can process.
2) Increase a Data Subject's rights over the usage and processing of their personal information
3) Enhance Data Protection and Cyber Security
Reason 1 - From the 25th May 2018, it will be a legal requirement for all UK organisations to be compliant with GDPR.
Reason 2 - If "Personal Data" which could result in the risk to the rights and freedoms of a natural living person who is a European Citizen, is breached, leaked, deleted or compromised after May 25th 2018, the organisation will be obliged to notify the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) within 72 Hours and also those affected as soon as possible. The ICO will then issue a penalty to that organisation which is effective, proportionate and dissuasive and could be anything up to 20 Million Euros or 4% of their total worldwide annual turnover of the preceding financial year, whichever is higher.
Reason 3 - It's not just the financial penalty of a Data Breach, but now, because it has to be reported, the organisations public reputation could well be impacted. TalkTalk lost over 100,000 customers as the result of their Data breach in 2015.
Organisations should use this time between now and the 25th May 2018, to identify all the "Personal Information" that they hold, to ensure that they have or can obtain explicit consent to continue using it and enhance the security and protection around the way they process it, to ensure that they are fully GDPR compliant.
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