Get Prepared for General Data Protection Regulation
Veritas helps organisations prepare for the Complex New European General Data Protection Regulation
After four years of intense debate, scrutiny and political posturing, one of the most sweeping reforms to European data protection laws is here in the form of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Its aim is to harmonise and refresh laws that have been in place for over 20 years and bring power and control back to the citizen over personal data. GDPR effects all organizations that stores or processes an EU citizen’s data, regardless of where they reside.
Non-compliant businesses could potentially face fines amounting up to 4% of the company’s total worldwide annual revenue.
The GDPR and Public Sector
The GDPR applies to all organisations including the Public Sector, failure to comply will still result in fines despite and fines could reach up to €20 million or 4% of global annual turnover for the preceding financial year, whichever is the greater.
The GDPR is designed for the digital world, where personal data is increasingly held electronically and offers potentially significant new marketing and public service improvement opportunities. Councils are moving ahead quickly in adopting digital methods of working, with growing numbers of systems designed for automated self-service and making logical connections across related services for their citizens.
For this to be successful, the public must trust how councils use and hold that data – that it is secure and used responsibly. Without that trust, citizens are much less likely to agree to share their personal data or to choose to transact electronically. This would be disastrous for councils now banking on digital delivery to help meet growing demands for services at the same time as finding unprecedented efficiencies from cuts.