GDPR: what it is and what you need to know

GDPR is the buzzword of the moment, and with its enforcement imminent and its impact on businesses universal, the presentation to Business Village on these new data protection rules was listened to with interest.

Paul Himple, who runs HR consultancy Go Legal HR, gave an extremely informative talk on GDPR. It was, he said, an overview of the new rules, how they differ from current legislation, and what company owners and directors need to start thinking about and putting in place.

You can read Paul’s presentation here. He is also offering free, 30-minute advice sessions on GDPR if you have any specific questions or want to find out more. Get in touch with Paul here.

What is GDPR

Here’s the Wiki definition:

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) is a regulation by which the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union and the European Commission intend to strengthen and unify data protection for all individuals within the European Union (EU).

GDPR applies to all companies worldwide which process personal data of European Union citizens and is far more robust than the existing data protection rules.

The regulation was adopted on 27 April 2016, but the reason we’re all talking about it now is the end of the two-year transition period is fast approaching, and the ruling becomes enforceable from 25 May 2018.

Under its remit, GDPR widens the definition of personal data including, for the first time, genetic, mental, cultural, economic or social information. In short, anything that can be used to identify an individual.

About Swindon Business Village

Swindon Business Village meets each Thursday for breakfast and networking at The Campanile Hotel, on the Delta Business Park, from 7.30-9am. All the events are listed here.

The events are a mix of presentations, referrals and business problem-solving. There is no membership fee, and each meeting costs £9 or £10 when booked in advance, or £12 on the day.


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