The government announced on Monday that it would be introducing new laws to give people "more control over how their personal data is used". Anyone who has been following GDPR will realise that this new Data Protection Bill is, in fact, the UK’s enactment of the European-wide General Data Protection Regulation. Now that it's made the mainstream news and the general public has become aware of the impending changes, accountancy practices should consider how best to answer questions from their clients.
The new Data Protection Bill announced on 7 August will bring into UK law the provisions of GDPR, but with a few slight local variations. For example, the UK law will give people the right to have all personal data they provided before the age of 18 deleted, not just social media content.
As the full announcement makes clear, the UK needs this legislation to ensure that data can continue to flow freely between the UK and EU countries after Brexit.
One GDPR option that the government has not taken up is the option to allow privacy groups to bring “super complaints” against data processors in the same way that consumer groups can bring complaints against companies.
Now that the Data Protection Bill has been announced, accountancy practices are even more likely to face questions from SME clients who process relevant data. We’re planning a series of public webinars in September and early October to help accountancy practices prepare for GDPR – if you’d like to attend you can register your interest here.