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The law around data protection is changing. General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will apply in the UK from 25 May 2018, replacing the current Data protection Act. GDPR law will continue to apply once the UK has exited the European Union. The new regulation will introduce more stringent requirements for protection and accountability, and will give individuals more control over their personal data. To prepare for this, the University – and every colleague – will have to do some things differently in the way we collect, use and manage personal data, so that we are compliant with the new law.
The new GDPR law applies to 'personal data', but gives more detail to this, and includes a wide range of personal identifiers within its definition of personal information. For example, online identifiers such as IP addresses now count as personal data. The law also refers to sensitive personal data as 'special categories of personal data', making specific reference to genetic and biometric data.
"GPDR is coming, and we all need to make sure we’re compliant with the law when it changes on 25 May. If you need any help or advice on keeping your information secure, check this website for advice. We all need to work together to make sure we’re ready for this change – remember that help and advice is on-hand if you find any problems or have any questions as we transition to the new law.”
Joint statement from the Registrar and Provost
Each department of the University has a Business Lead for General Data Protection Regulation compliance. Find Business Lead resources and information.
All colleagues should familiarise themselves with the GPDR summary and GDPR principles, and raise awareness of the changes in your team. Find out more about what you need to do.
Information on how to report a data incident or breach, and what the differences are between the two.
Understand the principles behind the General Data Protection Regulation.
Find out the latest updates as the project progresses.