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Posted 09 November 2017 at 00:00
GDPR stands for the new EU General Data Protection Regulations which come into force on 25 May 2018.
The new Regulations will replace the current Data Protection Act (1998).
The Council holds a lot of data about our residents and customers. All services are now reviewing that data, and where necessary, asking for your consent to hold your contact details, for example phone numbers and email addresses so the Council can continue to get in touch.
To comply with the requirements of GDPR the Council must seek your permission to hold your personal data or rely upon a lawful basis for processing your personal information.
If you receive any e-newsletters, updates or alerts from us then you will need to sign up and give your consent.
Consent can be used as a legal basis for processing personal data but it must be freely given, specific, informed and an unambiguous indication of your wishes.
This means that the Council must obtain your permission to hold your contact details and use them only to contact you for the purposes you have authorised. It also means that the Council has a duty to protect your data.
The GDPR creates new rights for individuals and strengthens existing rights currently in force under the Data Protection Act. These are:-
The Information Commissioner can impose fines for breaching GDPR and the Council may be fined up to a maximum of 20,000,000 Euros (approximately £17million).