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The General Data Protection Regulation

The new General Data Protection Regulation comes into effect in the UK on 25th May 2018 and although there are many similarities with the current Data Protection Act, there are also some significant changes. These changes will mean that businesses will have to change and enhance their procedures when it comes to data protection.

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There are certain areas within the new regulations which are particularly important to consider when looking at your confidential document shredding arrangements. These include an individual’s right to be forgotten and the information you hold. The GDPR encourages businesses not to hold any information that they don’t need to and so this means that it is good practice to securely shred documents on a regular basis.

The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) has issued a 12-step plan for businesses to use which is as follows:

1 Awareness – You should make sure that decision makers and key people in your organisation are aware that the law is changing to the GDPR.
2 Information you hold – You should document what personal data you hold, where it came from and who you share it with. You may need to organise an information audit across the organisation or within particular business areas.
3 Communicating privacy information – You should review your current privacy notices and put a plan in place for making any necessary changes in time for GDPR implementation.
4 Individuals’ rights – You should check your procedures to ensure they cover all the rights individuals have, including how you would delete personal data or provide data electronically and in a commonly used format.
5 Subject access requests – You should update your procedures and plan how you will handle requests to take account of the new rules.
6 Lawful basis for processing personal data – You should identify the lawful basis for your processing activity in the GDPR, document it and update your privacy notice to explain it.
7 Consent – You should review how you seek, record and manage consent and whether you need to make any changes. Refresh existing consents now if they don’t meet the GDPR standard.
8 Children – You should start thinking now about whether you need to put systems in place to verify individuals’ ages and to obtain parental or guardian consent for any data processing activity.
9 Data breaches – You should make sure you have the right procedures in place to detect, report and investigate a personal data breach.
10 Data Protection by Design and Data Protection Impact Assessments – It has always been good practice to adopt a privacy by design approach and to carry out a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) as part of this. However, the GDPR makes privacy by design an express legal requirement, under the term ‘data protection by design and by default’. It also makes PIAs – referred to as ‘Data Protection Impact Assessments’ or DPIAs – mandatory in certain circumstances.
11 Data Protection Officers – You should designate someone to take responsibility for data protection compliance and assess where this role will sit within your organisation’s structure and governance arrangements.
12 International – If your organisation operates in more than one EU member state, you should determine your lead data protection supervisory authority and document this.

GDPR applies to all businesses

The vast majority, if not all businesses will hold data that falls under these regulations, whether it be staff or customer details. It is also worth noting that sole traders and partners have the same rights as individuals under GDPR and, so it is really important to ensure that all data is treated in the correct manner.

Confidential documents must be properly dealt with

Businesses will not simply be able to throw paperwork away or put it in the recycling as neither of these are a secure destruction route. Therefore, all companies need to have a solution for their confidential documents and this is where Reef Environmental Solutions can help. We offer a comprehensive range of solutions to suit very small businesses right the way through to large offices and industrial sites. We provide a flexible and friendly service to accommodate every businesses needs whether it be for a one-off collection or office friendly containers with a regular collection

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We provide a number of different solutions to meet your requirements whether you have a small number of sacks or archive boxes for shredding or you have a lorry load of pallets of archive / secure material for destruction.

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