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Data Protection Laws are Changing - Will You be Affected?

Data Protection

Published at 5:05pm 5th February 2018. (Updated at 2:53pm 6th February 2018)

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Have you used social media today?  Perhaps entered an online competition or filled in a form to receive updates on a service you're interested in?  The data that you've readily given is protected under the 1998 data protection act. From May this year, it's changing as Harrogate law firm Berwins has been discussing...

The world in 1998 was very different to the world of today.  We increasingly share our lives and ultimately our personal information over and over again online or offline, through organisations we use such as banks, health organisations, clubs and service providers, they all store our data. To reflect that, from May 2018, the 20 year old Data Protection Act is being replaced to better reflect the new world we’re in.

What are the changes?

Essentially, under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), should a business or organisation have your data on file, you will have greater control on whether or not that data is kept and who it's shared with. This will also involve your right to see that data, have it deleted, or have it moved and the businesses holding the information will be a lot more accountable to you – and have to prove that they are. 

A fine could apply

What Could the Penalty Be?

If you're a business, you have to be ready to respond to individuals’ increased rights. Berwins’ advice to companies is to make sure that you understand what you have to do to protect the rights of your customers – particularly as the information commissioner's office can fine you up to €20 million or 4% of your turnover if in breach. That’ll really hurt.   

Don't Panic!!

Berwins says – understand your rights; if you’re a business, understand what you have to do. GDPR – Give data Proper Respect. 

Mike Patterson from their Harrogate office has been talking to Stray FM's Beth Parsons.

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