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The EU General Data Protection Regulation – What You Need To Know
The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (GDPR) will replace the current Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA 1998) with effect from 25 May 2018.
Although the data protection principles under the GDPR are similar to those currently in the DPA 1998, there are some additional obligations on data controllers which businesses processing personal data will need to be aware of, and comply with, from 25 May 2018. Therefore such businesses should carry out an assessment on their existing data collection and management processes and be prepared to revise their existing privacy notices and consent procedures to ensure compliance with the GDPR when it comes into force on 25 May 2018.
What is new?
Key areas of change include the following:
What should your business be doing now?
To demonstrate compliance with the GDPR, and the new ‘accountability’ principle in particular, businesses will need to:
Businesses processing personal data will also need to verify the consent of the data subjects by keeping a form of record of how and when such consent was given. Such consent should be in a form of written declaration which is:
For further information, advice or for a review of existing data protection policies please do not hesitate to contact Scott Richardson, in our Commercial Business team on 01329 227907 or firstname.lastname@example.org.