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GDPR a Hurdle for Local Councils

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

UK councils are struggling to prepare for the coming introduction of GDPR which could leave them vulnerable in areas such as financial, personnel and process requirements. From May 2018, any organisation holding data on EU citizens must be able to clear that data on request as part of the ‘Right to be Forgotten’, this includes local councils as well as most private businesses. GDPR is designed to give the customer control over their data and may lead to an overhaul in the way councils store and use the data it collects. In another startling move, it was found that with only nine months until GDPR comes into effect, nearly a quarter of firms are yet to hire a data protection officer (DPO).

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