Are you on the road to GDPR compliance?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on the 25th May 2018, replacing the existing data protection framework under the EU Data Protection Directive.

GDPR very significantly increases the obligations and responsibilities for organisations and businesses in how they collect, use and protect personal data. At the centre of the new law is the requirement for organisations and businesses to be fully transparent about how they are using and safeguarding personal data and to be able to demonstrate accountability for their data processing activities.

What is personal data?
Personal data is defined in the Data Protection Acts as: “data relating to a living individual who is or can be identified either from the data or from the data in conjunction with other information that is in, or is likely to come into, the possession of the data controller.”
It covers any information that relates to an identifiable, living individual.  However, it needs to be borne in mind that data may become personal from information that could likely come into the possession of a data controller.  Often a case by case assessment must be made taking account of some of the above considerations as to whether data could be deemed to be personal.

What is a Data Controller?
A data controller is the individual or the legal person who controls and is responsible for the keeping and use of personal information on computer or in structured manual files.

For guidance on whether your organisation needs to appoint a Data Protection Officer and how to ensure that your DPO is adequately resourced for the role, see the Data Protection Commission’s Guidance on appropriate Qualifications for Data Protection Officers (GDPR).

For further guidance and tools to aid GDPR compliance, see the information below:

Check out for information and resources on preparing for the #GDPR including a readiness checklist for SMEs.

The Data Protection Commission has also prepared a document for organisations to help them as they transition to GDPR: “The GDPR and You”. Use this 12 step guide to check if you are on the road to compliance on May 25th.

The European Commission website has extensive guidance on the implementation of the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) including:

  • A guidance communication
  • Q&A on changes brought by the GDPR and their implications for citizens and SMEs
  • A series of factsheets
  • To access the website click here

Obséy Chief Executive, Léon Atkins presented at the Mullingar Chamber GDPR breakfast and shared some simple steps to compliance. For more information see their Ten-Step Response Plan and GDPR Solutions for Business here.

LK Sheilds Partners Jeanne Kelly and Peter Bolger have produced an informative step by step guide to GDPR and it is available here.






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