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The General Data Protection Regulation

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) shifts the existing data protection regimes across the EU and UK to a level of governance that is challenging, unprecedented and fit for the digital age. GDPR comes into effect in May 2018. It is designed to harmonise all data privacy laws across Europe, including the UK, with the aim of protecting and empowering all UK and EU citizens to preserve their data privacy. 

Organisations and brands that are prepared and aligned with the new Data Privacy laws will engender greater trust and create a reputation for integrity whilst increasing their competitive edge.

Risk will be minimised through greater awareness of data management and the data ecosystem. The GDPR will apply to all organisations, wherever they are based in the world, that hold any personal data about any UK and EU citizen. It will reshape the way organizations approach data privacy and data management.

Preparing for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

12 Steps to take now

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You should make sure that decision makers and key people in your organisation are aware that the law is changing to the GDPR. They need to appreciate the impact this is likely to have.

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Information you hold

You should document what personal data you hold, where it came from and who you share it with. You may need to organise an information audit.

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Communicating privacy information

You should review your current privacy notices and put a plan in place for making any necessary changes in time for GDPR implementation.

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Individuals’ rights

You should check your procedures to ensure they cover all the rights individuals have, including how you would delete personal data or provide data electronically and in a commonly used format.

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Subject access requests

You should update your procedures and plan how you will handle requests within the new timescales and provide any additional information.

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Lawful basis for processing personal data

You should identify the lawful basis for your processing activity in the GDPR, document it and update your privacy notice to explain it.

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You should review how you seek, record and manage consent and whether you need to make any changes. Refresh existing consents now if they don’t meet the GDPR standard.

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You should start thinking now about whether you need to put systems in place to verify individuals’ ages and to obtain parental or guardian consent for any data processing activity.

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Data Breaches

You should make sure you have the right procedures in place to detect, report and investigate a personal data breach.

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Data Protection by Design and Data Protection Impact Assessments

You should familiarise yourself now with the ICO’s code of practice on Privacy Impact Assessments as well as the latest guidance from the Article 29 Working Party, and work out how and when to implement them in your organisation.

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Data Protection Officers

You should designate someone to take responsibility for data protection compliance and assess where this role will sit within your organisation’s structure and governance arrangements. You should consider whether you are required to formally designate a Data Protection Officer.

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If your organisation operates in more than one EU member state (ie you carry out cross-border processing), you should determine your lead data protection supervisory authority. Article 29 Working Party guidelines will help you do this.

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Education & Training

The Trust Bridge offers training seminars to organisations which can help senior management teams and all personnel  understand what they need to know and do to ensure the company is GDPR Aligned on an ongoing basis

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Force on May 25, 2018

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