What is GDPR

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What is GDPR

The Data Protection Act was passed by Parliament in 1998 to control the way information is handled and to give legal rights to people who have information stored about them. It is a law designed to protect personal data stored on computers or in an organised paper filing system.

1998 was a long time ago when considering advances in technology. The world has changed significantly, with Google, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft all becoming monolithic corporations from then to now.

As a consequence, the Data Protection Act needed updating to make it relevant to today's technology enabled world.

Cue the GDPR

Formally known as the EU-GDPR (the EU bit has been dropped since Brexit), the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) brings into sharp focus the rights of the data subject (the individual to whom the data relates), and the responsibility of both the "data controller" and the "data processors" (the businesses holding/processing that data) to manage and protect the information that they hold.

What it means for businesses

For some businesses, GDPR is huge. For others, not so much - but what's clear for all businesses is that getting ahead of this before the compliance deadline of the 25th May 2018 is essential.

The END of the grace period, and deadline for COMPLIANCE to the GDPR is 25th May, 2018

In brief, businesses need to understand:

  • What data they hold
  • Where the data is held
  • Who has access to it, when and why
  • How the data is secured
  • Their legal basis for processing/holding the data (e.g. consent from the data subject)

Getting help


Full information about our various GDPR training courses can be found on our Cyber Security and GDPR training page.

Our next 2 hour seminar: "General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) first steps for small businesses" will be held on the 28th September at the Quorn Country Hotel, from 10am-12pm. You can book your tickets below:


We also provide help to businesses trying to understand and implement the changes required to meet compliance to the GDPR. If you'd like our help, please get in touch:

01530 637 833

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