In less than a year, a hard hitting data protection law, GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) will replace the Data Protection Act. The law becomes effective the 25th May, 2018. The implications are serious - companies can be fined heavily for non-compliance. A dominating theme of the law is to protect client information and enable clients to opt out of emails more easily.
Businesses will have to report data breaches in 72 hours, where there is an impact on client privacy, or risk maximum penalties of up to 20 million pounds or 4% of global turnover.
Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, has told businesses there's no time to delay in preparing for "the biggest change to data protection law for a generation."
An independent study by the law firm of Irwin Mitchell states that 60% of businesses are unaware of the new law and its consequences.
Attached Here are 12 steps that the Information Commissioner's Office (ico.org.uk) has published to help you get started.
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