Preparing for GDPR

What is it? How do you prepare for it?

What is GDPR?

The acronym 'GDPR' stands for 'General Data Protection Regulation' and, in short, is a new law which brings a 21st century approach to data protection.

Let’s start with what it stands for and what it is.

You keep hearing it dropped in conversation. It’s mentioned in every blog post you read.

The acronym ‘GDPR’ stands for ‘General Data Protection Regulation’ and, in short, is a new law which brings a 21st century approach to data protection.

There are warning signs flashing on every website you visit. But what is this ‘GDPR’ that everyone is talking about? what do you need to do? how do you prepare for it?

Enforceable from 25th May 2018, this new regulation will replace the UK’s Data Protection Act 1998 and all other current data protection legislation throughout EU member states.

It is designed to expand the rights of individuals to better control how their personal information is collected, processed and managed. It also places a range of new requirements on organisations to be more accountable for data protection and can enforce significant fines for non compliance.

Does it apply to you?

The answer is most likely YES!

If you are:

  • an organisation in the EU (including the UK), who collects, stores or processes the personal data of people living in the EU
  • an organisation, based outside of the EU, that offers goods or services to EU residents
  • a company who handles or processes data on behalf of an organisation

then GDPR applies to you!

How do I prepare? What do I have to do?

You must understand the requirements that GDPR places on you and take action on these. 

A good starting point is the ICO (Independent Commissioner’s Office) website.

Here you will be provided with:

There are also numerous events taking place throughout Northern Ireland, on the subject of GDPR. Check out some of them here:

GDPR Events in Belfast