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Start planning now for new data protection rules

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Start planning now for new data protection rules

New Data Protection Rules. They impact on every aspect of your business, from HR to marketing, so start planning now

New rules concerning the storage, handling and use of data by organisations come into force in May next year – by virtue of the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulations (or ‘GDPR’).

If you think these are simply about asking permission to send emails to prospective customers, think again. The main focus of these new rules is about how you store and use all types of personal information about individuals (whether held digitally or in paper form). This includes information about current employees, former employees and prospective job candidates, in addition to suppliers, contractors and, of course, your customers and prospective customers. It includes simple personal data (like names, addresses, dates of birth) as well as more sensitive data like employment history and performance, financial details and records, medical information, social media activity and ‘online history’.

For many organisations, the new requirements will not necessarily be onerous but will require some planning and documentation to take place in advance of the May deadline – so it is important to act now. We are holding seminars on different aspects of GDPR planning – including some briefings focusing on the management of employee data and other sessions looking at wider compliance issues, particularly for those organisations that handle sensitive information.

Our next events:

What GDPR means for HR and employers - Scarborough - Wed 6th December 2017.  More details and to book.

What GDPR means for those responsible for compliance in their organisation - York - Tuesday 19th December 2017. More details and to book.

What GDPR means for those responsible for compliance in their organisation - York - Tuesday 16th January 2018.  More details and to book.

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