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GDPR 101

Implementing the new data protection regulation successfully must be a priority for the whole firm, not just the IT department, advises Alex Loquens

14 September 2017

On 25 May 2018, the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect. For firms that already have good governance around the data they hold on behalf of their clients, adopting the GDPR shouldn’t be a massive step change, as both the Data Protection Act 1998 and ISO 27001 provide excellent frameworks (if properly integrated with your business process and practices).

Is GDPR an IT issue?

If you’re responsible for IT services within your firm, then absolutely not! The GDPR must be raised at board level, and, if applicable, to your compliance team. The GDPR is about managing your ‘data’, bearing in mind ‘data’ will be captured in many forms by all departments, both electronically and physically.

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