What is GDPR?
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a European Union regulation that will replace the current Data Protection Act 1998 and comes into force on 25th May 2018.
GDPR has been in development since 2012 by the European Union Parliament and the Trust to harmonise and strengthen the rights of data subject across Europe, including when data is transferred to third party countries.
The Regulation enhances the rights of individuals whose personal data is processed and allows for new changes such as the right to be forgotten and right to erasure more information can be found in our Privacy Notice.
It also provides for increased accountability and processes to demonstrate compliance such as the need for Council to appoint a Data Protection Officer (DPO) to take proper responsibility for the important task of data protection compliance.
All breaches will have to be reported to the Information Commissioners Office within 72 hours and the potential fines for breaches are up to €20 million.
How can I find out more?
Folkestone Town Council is currently making preparations to ensure compliance with all the GDPR requirements by 25th May 2018 and has recently been assessed against the QG-GDPR Management Standard.
In the meantime, should you wish to know more about the GDPR, please visit the dedicated webpage on the ICO website: https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/guide-to-the-general-data-protection-regulation-gdpr/