Read it and weep: ICO offers latest GDPR guidance

data-science-1It is not often that you hear the phrase “thank god for the Information Commissioner’s Office” but this week those words could be ringing around every office in the UK after the data regulator revealed a new swathe of guidance for the EU General Data Protection Regulation.
No-one ever said GDPR was going to be easy to understand – in fact a new report claims, rather depressingly, that fewer than half (47%) of businesses in the UK are aware of the GDPR – but for those who have, the guidance provides a valuable light through the darkness.
The first set – published in October – covered privacy notices, transparency and control, and with it a warning that it is no longer enough to stick a privacy notice on a website and forget all about it; they have to be constantly reviewed and tweaked.
The new set of guidance has been provided by the EU Article 29 Working Party – which is made up of the data chiefs of all EU states – and is now on the ICO website. It covers data portability, lead supervisory authorities and the potentially thorny issue of which companies will be expected to appoint data protection officers.
According to one report, the UK will have to find 7,000 data protection officers before implementation day on May 25, 2108.
Article 29 is also planning guidance on consent, transparency, profiling, high-risk processing, certification, administrative fines, breach notification and data transfers.
Meanwhile the ICO says it will also be issuing its own advice on contracts & liability, and consent in the coming months.

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