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The GDPR: Protecting your Data

The GDPR: Protecting your Data

Keeping data safe is essential and is something we at Brick take very seriously. We comply with all relevant laws and guidelines and ensure all the data we collect and store are correctly managed. New legislation will soon apply in the UK; the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25 May 2018.

The GDPR will form part of a new legal framework in the EU; the UK government has confirmed that the decision to leave the EU will not affect the commencement of the GDPR. The GDPR is similar in many ways to the existing Data Protection Act (DPA) in the UK. It will apply to ‘personal data’, a term which has been given a more detailed definition that in the DPA. It is now made clear that online identifiers, such as IP addresses, can be classed as personal data.

Any information that falls under the scope of the existing DPA, including HR records, client lists and contact details, will also be included in the GDPR. It will apply to both manual and automated filing systems. Personal data that has been pse­udo­nymi­sed in key-code or other format may be included in the GDPR, depending on the level of difficulty necessary to attribute pseudonyms to individuals.

Companies that hold personal data on record will be made more accountable for the governance and protection of that data. Transparency and accountabili­ty laws are implicit within the DPA but their significance is elevated with the GDPR. Com­pre­hen­sive and pro­por­ti­onate governance measures are expected and tools such as privacy impact assessments will now become a legal requirement in some circumstances.

There is a lot of information to take in and so we here at Brick have a workshop that will help you to understand the GDPR. We will guide you through the planned changes, which will affect how you manage your customers’ data, as well as how we manage yours.

The date of the workshop is Thursday the 16th of November at 15:00. Book your place today; just give us a call here at Brick.