Data protection, May 2018 changes

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May 25th 2018 will bring a major change in the data protection legislation in the UK. If you manage a website that deals with collecting any personal information (which is any site with so much as a contact form) – you need to learn about these changes and update your privacy policy pages accordingly. We are not experts on this subject and have merely collected a few links to the relevant information from the ico. and the websites for guidance and reference.

The Data Protection Act 1998 will be superseded by the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) this year and deals with the protection of personal data. Personal data is defined as any information which can be used to identify a person. Larger companies and those dealing with data from CCTV will need to register with the ICO and implement required changes. Smaller companies still have to comply with the GDPR though might be exempt from the registration requirement.

GDPR official info

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ico.) is the authority which deals with the GDPR and offers specific information, tools and guidance on compliance.

In summary, the GDPR defines six principles to focus on.

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