Data protection is getting more personal as UK data privacy laws are changing.
Heard of the GDPR?
The General Data Protection Regulation comes into force – tomorrow – on Friday 25th of May 2018. It’s a huge shake-up of UK data privacy law, ushering in a new regime for the protection of personal information.
The new EU-wide data protection legislation that will replace the 1998 Data Protection Act is a really positive step. It allows everyone to have more control over how their data is used and how they are contacted. The changes will also help to better protect all personal data.
What is ‘personal data’?
Personal data or personal information includes your name, address and date of birth. It can also include who you work for, your job title and anything else that someone could use to identify you as an individual.
You have more control over your data
The new regulation supports your right to have your privacy respected and your data protected. It was designed to ensure the personal data organisations hold is accurate, up to date and well managed and to give the public easier access to that information if they wish to check or change it.
You’re better protected
Data, document and also device security has always been a crucial part of everything we do. The GDPR introduces much tougher rules regarding personal data handling.
All organisations must make sure they protect any personal data they collect, hold and process.
You can choose who can contact you, and how
You have the right to control how you want to be contacted, for example by phone or email or letter.
Organisations need to adopt these new data protection measures and principles into their processes to demonstrate compliance.
The new rules will also be backed up with enhanced enforcement powers.
What then have Capital been doing to ensure data protection?
Our Company Data Security Statement outlines the following:
- The importance of having robust systems and processes, as well as staff training in place to adequately protect our customers’ information at all times.
- Our key information security projects for compliance with the GDPR – to give our customers the confidence that their data is safe and secure.
- A new Information Security Committee to oversee all aspects of our information security.
- Our Information Security Management Systems and achievement of ISO/IEC 27001:2013 accreditation.
- Capital’s company-wide roadshows on the new GDPR requirements.
Want to read more?
View our comprehensive company Data Protection Policy.
Finally, for further information on the GDPR please see the Information Commissioner’s Office website.
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