What is your company doing for European Data Protection Day?

In case you didn’t know, European Data Protection Day is being held on Tuesday 17th May all around Europe. It is a day to raise awareness for everyone – from large organisations to the average home user. As a Chief Executive of a large company, did you know that you’re responsible for assigning a data controller, making sure data protection plan’s are implemented within your business and insuring that the utmost security levels are taken on board? As an employee did you know that you’re responsible for carrying out these actions and making sure you stick to the regulations? We’re not just trying to scare you for the fun of it – but it’s the law.

Data Protection regulations vary across Europe, but they are all based and built upon the Data Protection Directive. In the Netherlands for example they have a number of laws which companies must oblige to including: ‘Personal data shall not be further processed in a way incompatible with the purposes for which they have been obtained’ and the ‘responsible party shall implement appropriate technical and organizational measures to secure personal data against loss or against any form of unlawful processing’. Consequences of not complying to these rules in the Netherlands are large fines, imprisonment and of course brand damage.

To avoid these consequences at all costs, you must act now.

Celebrating European Data Protection Day is a great reason to raise awareness within your office. Put up posters, talk directly to your employees, send round emails and book your staff on training courses. Do anything possible to alert everyone that this is serious and you and your employees need to be made aware of it.

Data Protection: A Practical Guide to UK and EU Law, Third Edition is a valuable handbook that offers practical solutions to issues arising in relation to the UK and EU data protection laws. It has been fully updated and expanded to include coverage of all of the significant developments in the practice of data protection.

“This book really is a practical guide, being a good deal more readable than the legislation that underlies it” – Datonomy