With the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) coming into enforce in May 2018, here are 12 steps to helps you prepare:
- Awareness: You should make sure that decision makers and key people in your organisation are aware that the law is changing to the GDPR. They
need to appreciate the impact this is likely to have.
- Information you hold: You should document what personal data you hold, where it came from and who you share it with. You may need to organise
an information audit.
- Communicating privacy information: You should review your current privacy notices and put a plan in place for making any necessary changes
in time for GDPR implementation.
- Individuals’ rights: You should check your procedures to ensure they cover all the rights individuals have, including how you would delete personal
data or provide data electronically and in a commonly used format.
- Subject access requests: You should update your procedures and plan how you will handle requests within the new timescales and provide any additional
- Lawful basis for processing personal data: You should identify the lawful basis for your processing activity in the GDPR, document it and update
your privacy notice to explain it.
- Consent: You should review how you seek, record and manage consent and whether you need to make any changes. Refresh existing consents now if
they don’t meet the GDPR standard.
- Children: You should start thinking now about whether you need to put systems in place to verify individuals’ ages and to obtain parental or
guardian consent for any data processing activity.
- Data breaches: You should make sure you have the right procedures in place to detect, report and investigate a personal data breach.
- Data Protection by Design and Data Protection Impact Assessments: You should familiarise yourself now with the ICO’s code of practice on Privacy
Impact Assessments as well as the latest guidance from the Article 29 Working Party, and work out how and when to implement them in your organisation.
- Data Protection Officers: You should designate someone to take responsibility for data protection compliance and assess where this role will
sit within your organisation’s structure and governance arrangements. You should consider whether you are required to formally designate a Data
- International: If your organisation operates in more than one EU member state (ie you carry out cross-border processing), you should determine
your lead data protection supervisory authority. Article 29 Working Party guidelines will help you do this.
For more information, visit the ICO website.