GDPR, new data protection regulation from May 2018

From 25 May 2018, a new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force. In the UK, this is a replacement of the Data Protection Act of 1998.

There are several motivations behind the GDPR, particularly the massive growth in online use since 1998. It is also to bring consistency across the European Union and to offer better protection to individuals. Data theft is on the increase. In first half of 2017 more data records were stolen than in all of 2016 and only 1% of that was encrypted.

The GDPR refers to personal data. This is any data that can recognise a person uniquely: full name, email address, date of birth, IP addresses … It affects every organisation large and small whether you are a one man band or a major corporation. There are some hefty fines associated with this 20 million Euros or 4% of gross global turnover, whichever is the greater.

The Information Commissioner’s Office will be more lenient towards any company that has shown best efforts to adhere to the regulation.

We run training afternoons for up to 12 people at a cost of £250+VAT per person.

We can also run training sessions for companies at their location, price according to need.

Please contact Colin Hammond by email or 01473 350444.