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The impact of GDPR on the public sector

With the recent General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) impending, you might well be among the scores of those now anxiously assessing business systems and processes to make sure you do not violate the new Regulation come execution on 25th May 2018.

GDPR impact on the public sector
The GDPR compliance will become United Kingdom law in May 2018, paving the way for much more stringent rules for the collection and storage of sensitive information on top of increased control for regulators. As the public sector in the UK holds everything from biometric data to tax records, it is essential that organisations take action now to make sure they are in line with the GDPR compliance. GDPR will bring in a cycle of strict obligations around intelligibility and subject opt-ins with harsh fines for establishments which fail to conform. Public sectors will also be required by the law to employ data protection officers and have strict measures in position to identify and report data infringements.

While most people would expect the public sector organisations to be proficient at keeping records secure, the realism can regularly be quite the opposite. As a result, establishments must necessitate being exceptionally aware of these transformations as they can face very harsh fines in the situation of non-compliance. The GDPR law applies to processors and controllers that are managing the personal data of the European citizens. Possibly one of the very crucial things to bear in mind is that this new directive applies to ANY organisation gathering and processing private data of persons living in the EU, irrespective of the corporation's physical locality. 

GDPR as an opportunity for organisations 
GDPR makes the public sector and other organisations accountable for documenting data processes, requesting explicit permission from EU locals for gathering their data. This can include erasing data on request, alerting residents that their information will be processed or reassigned to another service giver, and distributing demanded data in a planned and commonly employed format in a timely approach.

While new directives rarely offer new benefits for the public sector and other corporations, the mastering of statistics provides an unparalleled opportunity for them to have a better understanding on what data they possess, and how it is related to the organisations and individuals with whom they interrelate. If done correctly this could bring direct advantages that permit them to enhance client contentment, develop operational competence, hone tactics and market segmentation, progress upsell and cross-sell openings and maybe also improve the corporate image.

Preparing for GDPR is extremely important and could save you considerable fines in the future. To learn more about the implications of GDPR or to get in touch with one of our experts, please visit our website.

Check out my other GDPR related blogs:

GDPR – The importance of accountability

GDPR – What does it mean for SMEs and how do you prepare?

The importance of GDPR compliance within the hotel industry

GDPR preparation for charities