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Your Personal Data & GDPR

Have you heard about GDPR? Do you know how it will affect you – as a consumer?


Here’s our Top 5 Rundown:

1. What is GDPR?

A new European legislation coming into play in May 2018 regarding how businesses communicate with their customers.


2. Who will it affect?

Businesses or organisation who contacts us as a consumer (i.e. to a personal email address) must comply with new EU regulations from May 2018. It also applies to B2B contacts but the rules are slightly different.


3. What are the key changes?

  • Organisations must identify a legal basis before they can process personal data.
  • The way organisations communicate with customers about data use will change.
  • Consent will need to be obtained by a ‘clear affirmative action’ ie opt-in rather than opt-out and no pre-filled boxes.
  • Intentions for date use must be clear and transparent and unambiguous (no more tiny print)


4. How will GDPR help you as a consumer?

It will give consumers more control over their personal data and what it is used for. There will be large fines for organisations who do not comply.


5.What are Copeland doing about GDPR?

We are currently reviewing all our processes for contact with our candidates and clients. We want to ensure that we are compliant with GDPR whist ensuring that all our contacts are sent only relevant information that they wish to receive and trust Copeland to treat their data in a fully lawful way.


For further information: the ICO website where there is lots of useful information: https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/data-protection-reform/


Copyright Copeland

The information provided and the opinions expressed in this document represent the views of Copeland Select Ltd. They do not constitute legal advice and cannot be construed as offering comprehensive guidance to GDPR, the Data Protection Act 1998 or other statutory measures referred to in the document.

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