The Countdown to GDPR…
This article uses extracts from Elizabeth Denham, UK information Commissioner, www.ico.org.uk, and is commercially supported by Vega Solutions.
Companies today are using data in ways that were unimaginable when the current Data Protection Act was being drafted. We’re talking about an era pre Google, pre Facebook, pre Uber. Pre internet as we understand it. When the Data Protection Act was conceived, the idea of one company being able to see tens of thousands of taxi rides in cities worldwide was science fiction. In the coming years, connected devices will be designed to make our lives easier. But if the past is any guide, they’ll also throw up issues which the legislation hasn’t foreseen.
That’s a challenge for the regulator, but it’s a challenge to businesses who want to – who have to – comply with the law. We’re all going to have to change how we think about data protection.
The new GDPR legislation creates an onus on companies to understand the risks that they create for others, and to mitigate those risks. It’s about moving away from seeing the law as a box ticking exercise, and instead to work on a framework that can be used to build a culture of privacy that pervades an entire organisation.
If a business can’t show that good data protection is a cornerstone of their practices, they’re leaving themselves open to a fine or other enforcement action that could damage bank balance or business reputation.
Having the right mindset towards data protection helps to future proof a business. It will put it in the right place to keep up with legislation. And if your clients adopt this mindset, and communicate it, consumers will know the companies are building privacy by design into their products and services, third party arrangements and future uses of data.
In May 2018 we’ll have new data protection legislation, both here in the UK and across the EU. The General Data Protection Regulation builds on the previous legislation: but provides more protections for consumers, and more privacy considerations for organisations. It brings a more 21st century approach to the processing of personal data. And it puts an onus on businesses to change their entire ethos to data protection.
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