It seems that almost a quarter of small UK businesses still haven’t started preparing data protection rules that are less than a year away.
The Queen stated in her speech to Parliament on 21 June that the government will be implementing a new data protection bill to ensure that the GDPR provisions will still apply to the UK after Brexit so businesses need to be thinking about compliance now.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will apply in the UK from 25 May 2018 until the point at which the UK leaves the EU and then it is expected that the new data protection bill will come in force. The GDPR will introduce new measures designed to give EU citizens more control over how organisations use their personal information. Tough fines will apply to organisations that breach the law.
Tech companies are particularly affected. Many will be involved in the hosting or support of their clients’ or customers’ data and there are new duties in this area. For those involved in the design of systems there is now a rule about the approach to data security that needs to be assimilated into the their culture.
Please visit www.probertlegal.com for more details on services offered by Probert Legal across South West and contact Edmund Probert or Tracey Wakelam for further details regarding GDPR legislation and compliance procedures.