Alison Johnston, lead policy officer for the Information Commissioner’s Office, urges charities not to panic about GDPR.
I joined the ICO in January 2017 when the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was over a year away and, despite being immersed in the world of data protection since then, I can’t quite believe that it’s now only three months until the GDPR comes into force on 25 May.
Just in case there’s anyone that’s not heard of the GDPR I’m going to use a quote from my favourite Disney film, Lilo and Stitch, to say “here, educate yourself!”
GDPR is an evolution, not a revolution. While there are new rights for individuals and responsibilities for organisations a lot of the current Data Protection Act (DPA) transfers over into the GDPR. For example, the data processing principles set out in the GDPR are similar to those in the DPA however there is a new accountability requirement which puts responsibility on an organisation to evidence their compliance.
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