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Tuesday, 1 November 2016

ICO confirms support for implementation of GDPR

Elizabeth Denham, the UK Information Commissioner, has confirmed that the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is committed to helping businesses and public bodies with their preparations to meet General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requirements.

It had been suggested that, in a post-Brexit UK, the government might not need to comply with the EU’s GDPR, which takes effect in May 2018. However, the government has now committed to its implementation, and Denham has welcomed this news, saying “The major shift with the implementation of the GDPR will be in giving people greater control over their data. This has to be a good thing.” She notes the importance of the digital economy for the UK, which is primarily built on the collection and exchange of data. For this economy to grow, the public need to feel confident that their personal data is protected. Modern consumers understand the need to share some of their information with organisations so that they get the best service, but in return, they expect organisations to explain how they will use that information and keep it safe.

To help organisations with their preparations to meet GDPR requirements, the ICO has started to publish guidance, including their overview of the GDPR and 12 steps to prepare for the GDPR, plus a code of practice for privacy notices, which covers the GDPR in greater depth. In addition, Denham has confirmed that, in the coming month, the ICO will publish a revised timeline that details the areas of guidance that it will be prioritising over the next six months.

If you need any advice or support with your data protection compliance in general terms, and in anticipation of the changes coming under the GDPR, please don’t hesitate to contact Pritchetts.

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