GDPR – New Data Regulation

New rules relating to how we all collect and process personal data – the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – come into effect from the 25th May 2018. GDPR aims to streamline and unify data protection laws across the EU and will replace the previous 1995 data protection directive which current UK law is based on.

GDPR is the biggest change to data protection rules in 20 years with wide ranging consequences for an organisation as large and complex as Bristol City Council. Under GDPR the council must:

  • Comply  with the enhanced rights for individual’s given to them under GDPR including the right to have data sent in machine readable format to another organisation in certain circumstances
  • Comply  with subject access requests within the reduced time frame of 30 days
  • Always use an alternative basis for processing other than consent where possible, consent can no longer be gained by the use of ‘opt outs’, an individual must now ‘opt in’ to give consent
  • Provide extra information to individuals when collecting their data in a privacy notice
  • Demonstrate compliance with data protection laws by  keeping records of our processing activities
  • Appoint a statutory  Data Protection Officers if the organisation is a public authority, or processes sensitive data or personal data on a large scale
  • Report data breaches within 72 hours to the Information Commissioner’s Office where there is a risk to the rights or freedoms of individuals

Craig Cheney, my Deputy Mayor with responsibility for Finance and Performance has set up a project to ensure our compliance and make the required changes in each service area. By the 25th of May deadline we will have to make sure the key building blocks will be in place, which includes new ways to report data breaches a review of key documentation and training for staff. I am grateful to everyone working to make sure the council is compliant, and ensures that we can protect citizen’s data.

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