Responding to new data protection law

Posted by rmt22 at Dec 11, 2017 11:50 AM |
In response to changes in data protection law which will come into force next year, we're putting on a number of sessions for staff to find out more.

We will be holding a briefing for all staff in order to help them understand their obligations under new data protection law. The briefing will be led by an external GDPR expert, Rosemary Jay from Hunton and Williams LLP, who will be delivering four briefings (details below).

Two will focus on GDPR in general and two will focus on GDPR and Research. You may wish to attend both if it is relevant for your role.

Date: Tuesday 19 December 2017

Venue: Peter Williams Lecture Theatre

Times: Visit the site for times (PDF)

No pre-registration is required and all staff and researchers are strongly encouraged to attend with the approval of line managers.

You may have seen in the media and elsewhere that major changes to data protection law are coming into force next year. The European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and a new UK Data Protection Act 2018 will replace the Data Protection Act 1998.

These changes in law enhance the obligations on us as an institution and as employees, to ensure that we securely manage all personal data. No matter where you work across the University you will come across people’s personal data on a daily basis.

The potential penalties for breaches of the GDPR as an institution are significant and individuals are also liable to criminal proceedings. Ignorance of data protection law will not be an excuse.

I hope that you will attend the briefings and we will publish information on training soon.

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