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GDPR As you will be aware GDPR comes into force on 25th May 2018. 

For those that do not know what it is the ‘General Data Protection Regulations’? 

The new regulations are being implemented as much has changed since the existing data protection laws and regulations were created in the 1990s. As a society, we are creating vast amounts of digital information each day and the laws that govern our personal information are no longer fit for purpose.

GDPR is therefore being introduced to protect individual’s personal data and how it is stored and used. 

Below is my guide of ‘the activities that you need to undertake’ to identify and document the data you hold: 

You need to identify the data you currently store, where it’s held, how it’s processed and who has access to it. Document this information as thoroughly as possible.

There are two types of data that Companies hold; Personal - any information relating to a person who can be directly/indirectly identified; Sensitive; “special categories of personal data”. The special categories specifically include genetic and biometric data where processed to uniquely identify an individual.

GDPR applies to both automated/manual filing systems where personal data is accessible.

 Check your consent procedures - under GDPR; consent for any data processing has to be specific, transparent and auditable. The consent has to be simple to understand and easy to withdraw.

Be aware that under the new requirements for consent you will have to approach current data subjects (for example email subscribers) again to request new permission to use their data.

Under the new regulations, you have to keep clear and transparent records of all consent taken, establish simple methods to allow the data subjects to withdraw their consent and regularly review your procedures to keep up to date with any changes in processing activities.

Written by Heather Scales (for more please see Heather's blog on our guest bloggers page)