The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the new legal framework that will come into effect on 25th of May 2018 in the European Union (EU), and will be directly applicable in all EU Member States from that date. The GDPR is the result of four years of work by the EU to bring data protection legislation into line so that it covers new, previously unforeseen ways that data is now used.
Currently, the UK utilises the Data Protection Act 1998, which was enacted following the 1995 EU Data Protection Directive, but this will be superseded by the new legislation. It introduces tougher fines for non-compliance and breaches, and gives people more say over what companies can do with their data. It also makes data protection rules more or less identical throughout the EU.
There are two main reasons behind the new GDPR legislation:
Firstly, the EU wants to give people more control over how their personal data is used, known as the data subject right. The current legislation was enacted before the internet and cloud technology created new ways of exploiting data, and the GDPR seeks to address that. By strengthening data protection legislation and introducing tougher enforcement measures, the EU hopes to improve trust in the emerging digital economy.
Secondly, the EU wants to give businesses a simpler, clearer legal environment in which to operate, making data protection law identical throughout the single market.
With the new legislation comes new laws and new processes, but don’t worry if you’re not yet up to speed with everything. The Northamptonshire Growth Hub is running numerous GDPR: Managing Risk & Data Handling workshops, helping businesses and sole traders to become GDPR Ready. These will cover topics such as:
- What is personal data?
- Processing principles;
- The Data Subject Rights, protecting your clients and yourself;
- Data management \& privacy by design;
- What to do in case of a data breach;
Join us on one of the following dates to get all the information you need;
University of Northampton, Innovation Centre, Green Street, NN1 1SY
East Northamptonshire House, Cedar Drive, Thrapston, NN14 4LZ
To book onto one of our workshops, please either contact us at 01604 212696 or go our events section.
These workshops are part of the Northamptonshire Digital Enhancement project which is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and it is aimed at small and medium sized enterprises across Northamptonshire. The project is delivered by Northamptonshire Growth Hub in partnership with Northamptonshire County Council.
The ICO official guideline can be found here