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“Don’t Panic”, it’s only GDPR

On May 25th 2018, a new piece of legislation comes into force which will, to a greater or lesser degree, affect every one of us. It places new duties on all organisations, and gives new rights to individuals concerning their “personal data”.
Depending on who you listen to, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is either absolutely terrifying or a load of hot air. The truth lies somewhere between the two extremes. GDPR certainly deserves to be taken seriously but, in essence, it enshrines in law the sort of principles that most decent people would regard as common sense and courtesy.
The current legislation covering personal data is the Data Protection Act 1998, devised 6 years before Facebook was born, when twitter was something that birds did. Since then, the world of social media has resulted in an explosion of sharing of personal information, which unscrupulous people have sought to use to their own advantage. The concepts of identity theft, SPAM and cyber-bullying have all arisen in just one generation.
GDPR seeks to restore the ownership of personal data to the individual to whom it relates. It won’t stop bad people from trying to do bad things, but it should make it just a little bit harder for them, and a little easier for individuals to protect themselves.
HVA has been working to provide a range of practical resources to help members to ensure compliance with the new rules, while not over-burdening them with bureaucracy. For more information, please view attachment at the bottom of this page.

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