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What is the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation)?

The GDPR is a regulation that will become applicable from 25th May 2018. Its intention is to strengthen data protection for individuals across the European Union. The Data Protection Bill will become law when enacted as the Data Protection Act 2017 and will bring provisions of the GDPR in to UK law and establish continuity of the GDPR in the UK post Brexit. The Data Protection Act 1998 will be repealed.

Compliance is essential as fines under the GDPR are up to a maximum of 20 million Euro or 4% of turnover.

The GDPR strengthens the controls that organisations (data controllers) are required to have in place over the processing of personal data, including pseudonymised data.

Headline Requirements

Practices that are performing well in their information governance toolkit will have a good baseline to work form. However, organisations will be required to take specific actions and to be able to evidence that they have done so.

The Information Governance Alliance (see: https://digital.nhs.uk/information-governance-alliance/General-Data-Protection-Regulation-guidance) has indicated that they’ll publish resources for primary care in March/April and we also know that the General Practitioners’ Committee is in the processing of drawing up guidance for practices which will be published shortly.

In the meantime, the Information Commissioner’s Office has published a couple of checklists which may be helpful:

https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/resources-and-support/data-protection-self-assessment/getting-ready-for-the-gdpr/

And the GPC has advised the following:

The LMC will be sending out further information and advice to practices as it becomes available and we hope the above is helpful in the meantime.

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