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What are your plans for the upcoming GDPR?

Susan Smith, ICAEW South East President, reminds us about how to be prepared for the General Data Protection Regulation coming into force in May next year and gives us a key points summary of the last District Society Office Holder conference.

October 2017

Requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 

GDPR affects most of us irrespective of the sector we work in. The changes due to take effect in May 2018 represent a change in practice and are accompanied by heavy fines for failure to comply. The main aim of GDPR is to give individuals more control of their personal data.

Key requirements of GDPR include:

  • Ensure you have a lawful reason to have customer or employee Personal Data, be it Legal, Contractual or with their Consent.
  • Report serious breaches to the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) within a three day window.
  • Put in processes to assess and respond to customer or employee requests to delete their data.
  • Ensure you have written agreements in place with any third party you transfer Personal Data to.
  • Keep accurate records of all transaction with any given customer or employee.

For further guidance see:

News from the District Society Office Holders Conference

The conference took place in Birmingham on Friday 29 September 2017 and brought together all the District Society Office Holders to share best practice from their districts and work on some of the more challenging issues facing District Societies.

There was an ICAEW strategy presentation from Sharron Gunn, Executive Director, Members, Commercial and Shared Services, and it remains the case that the District Societies are a key and valued strand of the ICAEW connected communities’ strategy.

We also heard that the 2018 BASE competition is changing format to widen the number of schools who can participate. As a result the heats will now be conducted online but will still culminate in a national final with the strongest teams competing against each other. Mentoring opportunities will remain for volunteers, albeit in a slightly different format. Monitor the BASE area of the website for updates.

Susan Smith is President, ICAEW South East.