THE NEW GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATIONS (GDPR) WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Date Posted: 15th of May 2018

GDPR is a new set of regulations that replaced the Data Protection Act 1998 on 25 May 2018. Although similar to the previous Act, the new GDPR creates some new rights for individuals and strengthens some of the previous rights to ensure your personal data is secure, accurate and up-to-date.

The GDPR requires that organisations must be transparent about how they collect data, what they do with it and how it is processed and that they must be clear in explaining this. Cordale Housing Association provides a Privacy Notice (detailing the information we collect from you, how we use it, who we share it with and how long it is kept for. A copy of this Privacy Notice together with our Data Protection Policy will be made available on our website by 25 May 2018.

You have a right to access the personal data we hold on you to ensure it is accurate, relevant and kept up to date by making a subject access request, which can be made verbally or in writing. You also have the right to request that data be rectified if it is found to be incorrect or incomplete. You can also request that your data is deleted under certain circumstances, particularly if it is no longer necessary for the purpose for which it was collected. This is known as the “right to be forgotten”.

We will keep you informed of the implications of the new legislation as and when required. If you have a query regarding this article or the GDPR in general please telephone 01389 721216 and ask for the Executive Officer. Further information can also be obtained from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) website at ico.org.uk.

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