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Data protection: Do I need a dedicated officer?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is due to come into force in little over a year’s time (25 May 2018). Among the many changes ushered in, GDPR introduces a new governance requirement: the duty on the part of certain organisations to appoint a data protection officer (DPO).

Will your organisation fall under this new requirement? Read on to find out…

Checklist: Is your company prepared for GDPR?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force in a little over a year from now, May 25th 2018, with new compliance regulations concerning the protection of personal data.

Essentially an update on regulations already in place under the data protection act, the GDPR is being transposed into law across all member states of the European Union (EU). And, despite the triggering of Article 50, and the withdrawal of the UK from the EU, this is still a directive that UK companies will need to adhere to; as Britain will remain under full EU law until the separation is complete (so, at least another 2 years).

What is GDPR and how will it affect your business?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into law from 25 May 2018. Its aims are broad: to make the digital marketplace a more secure place for consumers - with new safeguards to ensure the safety and integrity of personal data.

It also means new responsibilities for businesses. Short-term, the priority should be on ensuring your data processing and security framework is aligned to the requirements set out in the legislation. Longer-term, remember that GDPR readiness isn’t a one off tickbox exercise: from regular stress testing through to careful choice of products and service partners, compliance should be a top priority.

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