GDPR Compliant

17/07/2018

With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) now in force, the focus on privacy and data protection throughout the European Union is stronger than ever.

‘Transparency’ and ‘accountability’ are principles that run through the core of GDPR and one of the key changes is the need for organisations to provide people with extensive information about how their personal data is being processed.

The best way to satisfy this GDPR requirement (and to avoid the hefty financial penalties which GDPR has introduced) is to put in place a privacy policy which describes what, how and why personal data is being collected and used. Your policy is the conduit through which you must communicate your privacy practices to users, customers and clients.

The policy must be concise, easy to understand and presented in an accessible form. However, an ambiguous policy hidden away on your website, definitely won’t suffice.

GDPR stipulates what content must be included in a privacy policy. Such content includes:

  • the identity of the organisation which collects and uses the personal data (e.g. its full name and contact information);
  • what personal data is collected (e.g. name, email address, telephone number);
  • how personal data is collected (e.g. through a contact form on the organisation’s website or via cookies);
  • why personal data is collected and the lawful basis which is being relied on to process the personal data (the lawful bases include consent, legitimate interest and necessary for the performance of a contract);
  • when personal data may be disclosed to third parties and the purpose of such disclosures;
  • when personal data is transferred outside the European Economic Area and details of the safeguards used to legitimise such a transfer;
  • details of the additional rights which individuals have in respect of their personal data (e.g. to request access to, deletion of or correction of, their personal data or to request their personal data be transferred to another person).

All of these factors are key considerations when attempting to draft GDPR-compliant privacy policies and to prevent GDPR-related exposure and liability in the future.

If you would like any help in preparing a GDPR version privacy policy or if you would like us to review your existing privacy policy, please contact Steven Brunt on 01782 205000 or steven.brunt@beswicks.com .