5 things you need to know about GDPR
15th May 2018
GDPR is the biggest change to UK data privacy law in 20 years
Thanks to advances in technology the amount of personal data being generated is increasing rapidly. Each time you ‘like’ a photo on Facebook, shop online, or use an app you create data. The law needed updating to better protect people from misuse of this data.
As part of the GDPR all companies have to review how they manage all personal data for example how customer email addresses, contact details etc are stored and used.
All organisations must ensure they are GDPR-ready by 25th May 2018.
It will give you more control over your personal data
GDPR gives you more control on how your personal data is used. You will have greater control over the personal data that organisations hold about you.
This includes something as simple as your name, or as complex and sensitive as medical information.
This means you can have greater confidence that information about you is accurate, up-to-date and properly managed.
You can choose who contacts you, and how
Over the next few months you will probably notice a lot of organisations asking for your consent so they can contact you about offers, products or services that they think you’ll find useful or interesting.
To comply with GDPR, these requests need to be really clear and straightforward and must ask you to opt in.
This means that you get to choose who contacts you and how, for example by email, social media or phone.
You can change your mind at any time
If you give any organisation permission to contact you, it does not mean you cannot change your mind in the future.
Under the new rules, it will be easier to update your preferences on want you want to receive and how you receive it.