In a recent blog post, David Smith, Deputy Commissioner and Director of Data Protection at the Information Commissioner's Office wrote about how businesses can prepare ahead of the upcoming EU Data Protection Regulation reforms which are likely to be finalised before the end of this year.
Once finalised, there will be a two-year transition period before all data protection regulation is harmonised among the EU's 28 member states.
When in place, it's expected that businesses will be expected to provide greater control over data to customers, and penalties for data protection breaches are likely to increase significantly.
Start to prepare sooner rather than later
Although the final regulation is yet to be agreed, there are a number of steps businesses can begin to put in place to ensure they'll be well positioned to comply with them once they are finalised.
- Establishing clear processes and policies for all data-handling activities and systems which can be audited and communicated should individuals request information on them
- Considering how those processes and policies will be communicated to staff, and how you'll keep track of who has been made aware of them
- Establishing a process for updating those processes and policies so that they can be updated once EU Data Protection Regulation reforms are finalised
Simplifying staff training
DeltaNet specialise in compliance eLearning, and provide a number of courses related to information governance including Data Protection, Freedom of Information, Information Security and Records Management.
These SRA-approved courses enable your business to rapidly-deliver training to staff online – meaning staff can complete their training when it fits in with their schedules.
And, with an eLearning platform such as Astute, which we use to deliver our eLearning, you can easily keep track of who has completed what course.
When regulations do change, ensuring your organisation is compliant will simply be a case of updating your eLearning courses – and of course, we'll be keeping all of our eLearning courses up-to-date with any changes to regulations.