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New data protection laws in four months 30/01/2018 With four months to go until new data protection laws come into force, the Digital and Culture Secretary has urged businesses and charities to make sure they are ready.

New data protection laws in four months

With four months to go until new data protection laws come into force, the Digital and Culture Secretary has urged businesses and charities to make sure they are ready.

The new rules come into force on 25th May and are based on the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which is to be implemented in UK law via the Data Protection Bill. However, according to new Government research, fewer than half of all businesses and charities are aware of the forthcoming changes.

The Bill will give Information Commissioner’s Office more power to defend consumer interests and issue higher fines, of up to £17 million or 4% of global turnover, for the most serious data breaches.

The GDPR will require organisations to have appropriate measures in place to protect personal data. This could include:

  • Documenting what data the organisation holds.
  • Reviewing privacy notices.
  • Updating procedures around individual’s rights. For example, how an organisation would delete personal data if asked.
  • Planning how to handle subject access requests.
  • Reviewing how consent to process data is gained.
  • Considering children, and whether age verification or parental consent is required.
  • Having procedures in place to detect, report and investigate data breaches.
  • Assigning a data protection officer.
  • Increased cyber security protections.

“This is a step change in the law; businesses, public bodies and charities need to take steps now to ensure they are ready,” said Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham. “Organisations that thrive under the new rules will be those that commit to the spirit of data protection and embed it in their policies, processes and people.”

“Our website is packed with information to help your organisation to get prepared for May 2018,” she added.

 

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