There is a great deal of hype and, sometimes misleading, information being publicised about the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on 25th May 2018. This, together with the increased number of requests to the GCMA Helpdesk for information, has prompted further research into the subject. Firstly, if you are already fulfilling the requirements of the current Data Protection Act, then you are already well on the way to being ready for GDPR and the following should help you to achieve compliance. Initially, you can read the GDPR Overview, issued by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) and then visit their 12 Steps which explain where there is continuity, what’s new and how to plan. There is also the Data Protection Self-Assessment Toolkit, which has been highlighted previously. In addition, there is an ICO guidance document on Consent which may be of interest. This is currently a draft but it is unlikely that it will change significantly in its final form. Finally, you can consult a series of ICO blogs that have recently been launched which will try to tackle misconceptions and provide comment and debate around the whole process over the next nine months.
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