14 May 2018

Are you ready for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)?

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect on 25 May 2018 and it will be a significant shake up of how companies handle and process data.

The Regulation will be enforced by the Information Commissioners’ Office (ICO). The GDPR originates from the European Union legislation but will not be repealed once the UK leaves the EU.

GDPR places greater emphasis on the documentation that companies must keep to demonstrate their accountability. There is a fundamental requirement that organisations protect and appropriately manage customer, employee and stakeholder information in accordance with the new Regulation.

The ICO has very useful resources to help you on the journey to compliance and they are there to help. Please check back with the ICO website on a regular basis as it is constantly being updated.

The ICO is not looking to make examples of companies for making errors, their aim is to work with businesses to improve practices.