Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) represent a sea change of current data protection laws and is intended for the protection of the personal data of natural persons by regulating the collection and processing of personal data of natural persons within the European Union. It also sets down a new set of rules relating to the free movement of personal data.

 

Who does the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) apply to?

It applies to any businesses or authorities (with certain exceptions) who process or control any personal data of any person who resides within the European Union.

 

When did the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) come into force?

The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) came into force in May 2016.

 

When do I need to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)?

The Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) applies from 25 May 2018 and all affected business and authorities will need to comply with the regulation from that date.

 

What affect does Brexit have on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)?

Please read our section here on brexit and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). We also have a section here highlighing the main parties attitudes towards data protection in their 2017 manifestos.

 

What are the consequences of not complying with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)?

The consequences of non-compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) can be devastating:-

      *   Administrative Fines - Up to 20 million Euro fine or 4% of global turnover, whichever is the highest for breaches of the regulation. This represents a 4,000% increase on the maximum fines under previous data protection laws.

      *   Right to compensation - Each person affected by a breach of the Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has a right to bring an action for compensation. Just one breach could affect your entire customer base giving each of them a right to sue you. Their loss need only be minimal and the Courts have held distress as being compensatable. If you have not done all you can to mitigate your loss then it is unlikely any insurance policy you may hold for such a breach of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will cover claims against you.

      *   Loss of customers / reputation - Any breach of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is likely to result in a loss of confidence and trust meaning your customers are likely to take their business elsewhere.

 

What should I be doing now?

Contact us immediately to see how we can help with all of your General Data Protection Regulation needs, from initial awareness seminars to Data Protection Officer Training and provision of external Data Protection Officers, we will have a solution for you and your business.

 

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