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General Data Protection Regulation: How to Prepare

General Data Protection Regulation: How to Prepare

For UK businesses of all sizes, protecting personal data, both physically and electronically, has never been more important. The data protection landscape has changed rapidly in recent years and is heading for its biggest shake up in some time with the incoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The GDPR outlines how the data of any EU citizen must be handled, wherever in the world the company in possession of this data operates, making it a truly global piece of legislation. It comes into force on 25 May 2018. The requirements stipulated in the new legislation range from stricter rules around securing consent for the use of personal information to, in some cases, the introduction of a designated data protection officer within the workplace. With just over a year to get ready, comp... »

Workplaces lax on Data Protection

Security–lax employers are leaving staff exposed to identity fraud by failing to protect their personal data at work, according to marketing firm CPP. A CPP survey of more than 1,000 UK employees found that 60% have been put at risk of fraud because of their employer’s poor data security policies. The research revealed that despite recent high–profile data losses by business and government, employers are still failing to shred sensitive documents and personal information, with some even placing this data on websites. CPP identity fraud expert Danny Harrison said the results were surprising, given that employers have a legal responsibility to protect their staff under the Data Protection Act. “Businesses could be at risk of hefty fines if they don’t comply, and... »