Ten steps to prepare your business for General Data Protection Regulation changes

Tom Torkar, takes a look how small UK businesses can get ready for changes to General Data Protection Regulation, offering advice to owners unsure of its implications.

The changes being introduced in the EU General Data Protection Regulation 2016 (GDPR) will be the biggest shake-up in data protection and privacy law in over two decades. Coming into force on 25 May 2018, the regulations are the culmination of four years of lobbying and debate in Europe.

The GDPR updates the Data Protection Act 1998. It introduces concepts and requirements that better reflect the data processing that is carried out in an increasingly digital world.

More data is being collected than ever before and individuals are increasingly conscious of privacy issues. GDPR puts best practice on a statutory footing.

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