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GDPR Introduction & Information

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect from 25 May 2018. Members will find sufficient information on this page to help them to understand the general requirements of the new GDPR regulations. The steps that are required are straightforward and are detailed here.

 

  • Countdown to GDPR - May 25 2018

What is GDPR?

GDPR relates only to personal data and it concerns how the data is collected, stored in a secure facility, controlled, audited and deleted - when it is no longer required. GDPR will require all businesses to review their position in relation to the storage of personal data and to improve their current Data Protection procedures.

What is personal data?

Personal data uniquely identifies an individual i.e. their NI Number, Bank Account details, e-mail addresses, Facebook details, Date of birth etc. 

What you need to engage with GDPR

GDPR will change how data protection and data handling operates in businesses. It could affect your business in various ways.  Fines under GDPR can be up to €20 million or 4% of turnover, whichever is higher, so it’s important to start considering what you will need to do, right away.  

ECA has produced a 10-step guide for members to start their journey towards meeting GDPR requirements. For further details and how to comply, please visit the ICO website.

ECA has also produced the following guides for members to help understand some of the key terms and processes involved in GDPR, including:

  • GDPR Introduction
  • 10 key steps to engaging with GDPR
  • Consent to collect and process personal data
  • What, Where, When, How and Who of Data Mapping

The 10 key steps can be found below on this page and all other guides are availabe from the downloads section.

10 Steps to engaging with GDPR

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Downloads

The Who, What, Where, Why & How of Data Mapping

(PDF, 6.5 MB)
Published 26 Mar 2018Last reviewed 26 Mar 2018
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GDPR and smaller businesses: ‘consent’ to collect and process personal data

(PDF, 1 MB)
Published 06 Feb 2018
Download

ECA GDPR guide on data mapping

(PDF, 380 kB)
Published 30 Jan 2018Last reviewed 30 Jan 2018
Download

10 Key Steps to Engaging with GDPR

(PDF, 8.1 MB)

Start your journey towards meeting your GDPR requirements by embarking on the 10 key steps in this document.

Published 23 Nov 2017Last reviewed 23 Nov 2017
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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Introduction

(PDF, 439 kB)
Published 05 Oct 2017Last reviewed 05 Oct 2017
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GDPR Policy Statement

(PDF, 299 kB)Download