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10 things you must know about the new Data Protection rules

You may well have heard that there are some major changes in the pipeline regarding data protection law, which will take effect very soon. This is important new legislation which you really cannot afford to ignore.

The aim of the new European Data Protection Regulation is to harmonise the current data protection laws in place across the EU member states. This means you will need to make changes to the way your company handles data.

Here are the ten essential things you need to know.

1.) The Data Protection Act is being replaced by the General Data Protection Regulation (the GDPR) which is expected to become law in Spring 2016.

2.) All organisations dealing with personal data will be required to comply with the GDPR by Spring 2018.

3.) Organisations will no longer have to register with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) from Spring 2018.

4.) All organisations will have to keep a list of all personal information which they hold and what they do with it.

5.) In some circumstances, loss or misuse of personal data will have to be reported to the ICO (or other appropriate body) without undue delay and where feasible, within 72 hours of the breach. There is also a requirement to inform the individual.

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By |February 24th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments|

Your chance to influence ICO policy

With the General Data Protection Regulation on the horizon, the Information Commissioner’s Office has announced that it is revising its Privacy Notice Code of Practice.

As part of this process, the ICO wants to consult with organisations who deal with personal data and has devised a feedback questionnaire for organisations to give their views on a range of topics.

If you would like to take part, you can download the questionnaire here.

Don’t miss this chance to have some influence on ICO policy! The closing date for responses is 24 March 2016.

For advice on data protection issues, please contact Tracey Wakelam today at traceywakelam@www.probertlegal.com

By |February 24th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments|

Do you transfer Personal Data internationally?

If so you need to know about the “Privacy Shield”

In a high profile case last year, the European Courts decided that personal data could no longer be transferred to the USA under the Safe Harbor scheme. This had previously allowed EU companies to send personal information to American companies who complied with a number of “safe harbor” principles.

This case has major implications for many organisations on both sides of the Atlantic and it has led to negotiations between the European Commission and the US government resulting in the announcement at the beginning of February of the new “Privacy Shield”.

There is little information available about this new scheme yet and the European Commission has been given until the end of February 2016 to work out the detail. Europe’s data protection watchdog known as the Article 29 Working Group will then look at the proposals and give its view. The Article 29 Working Group is also going to consider the legality of the model contract clauses and Binding Corporate Rules as a tool for transferring personal data.

The Article 29 Working Group press release is available here.

It is unclear at this stage what format the new regulations will have or how long it will […]

By |February 24th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments|