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GDPR, Data Protecton Act 2018, Freedom of Information Act 2000 - ADAVISTA can guide you through it


DATA PROTECTION – personal information about individuals collected, held and processed in a “business” context and legislation providing:

a) A framework for organisations to adhere to

So that

b) Individuals can “see” that organisations are handling their data appropriately; have access to that information and trust the organisation to respect the data and keep it securely.

Firstly we had the Data Protection Act 1984 – all about electronic data and keeping it securely

THEN came the DATA PROTECTION ACT 1998 – more structure.  This is UK legislation to put in place the concepts from the EU Directive in 1995. This Act “covers”:

a) Electronic and manual data (in a structured format)

b) Penalties for not having the appropriate technical or organisational measures in place

c) Rights for the data subject – including but not exclusively access to information; to request a copy of the data and legal redress for any adverse actions.

NOW – we have the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR – Abridged) and the Data Protection Act 2018 from 25th May 2018.  If you are already compliant with the DPA 98, then “upgrading” to GDPR compliance is additional policies and information in existing policies; taking privacy into your organisation by “privacy by design”;  be more transparent by being “accountable”.

Do you need someone’s consent to process their data?  Highly Unlikely!

SO – if you want to find out more, why not get in touch!

We can explain how we utilise the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO- supervisory authority) Guidance to tailor Privacy Notices to your organisation.  

If you process data electronically – email, website, on smart phone, tablet, laptop, desktop etc. – then you MUST pay the new fee to the ICO – it’s a fixed penalty of £4350 if you don’t!

We can explain how you do not need to change any of your existing processes but can utilise this legislation to make things more efficient if it will improve your processes.

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(More on FAQ page)

Q: Do I need to register a Notification with the Information Commissioners Office?

A: Regardless of how data are processed, compliance with the Act is a legal requirement. However, if you only hold data in a manual format, or electronically for three very specific reasons, then Notification may not be required. Best thing to be sure is check it out with a 'specialist'.


Q: What is the Freedom of Information Act 2000?

A: A piece of legislation permitting access to information held by public authorities - came into force 1st January 2005.

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