The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25 May 2018, and it WILL affect your business.
It is a new European privacy law, a huge update to the 1998 Data Protection Act and will be adopted into UK law post-Brexit. GDPR is designed to give people more control over their personal data – defined as any information relating to an identifiable person such as names, dates of birth, email addresses and other contact details, purchase history, cookies, IP addresses and more.
From 25 May 2018 most processing of personal data by organisations will have to comply with the Regulation. It is important to note, that the GDPR applies no matter where you are located if you offer goods and services to people in the European Union (EU), or collect and analyze data tied to EU residents.
What Do You Need To Do?
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The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) provides both comprehensive and straightforward advice and information on GDPR. Here are four useful links to make sure you fully understand your responsibilities:
The ICO's quick twelve-step overview to GDPR
Full and comprehensive guidelines from the ICO
Step-by-step checklists to make sure you've covered everything
A series of GDPR 'mythbusting' blog posts from the ICO