The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) is a regulation by which the European Commission intends to strengthen and unify data protection for individuals within the European Union (EU).

We appreciate that some of you might be thinking that this won’t be relevant with the whole ‘Brexit’ situation but this Regulation was adopted on 14th April 2016 by the European Parliament. The regulation entered into force 20 days after its publication in the EU Official Journal on May 4th 2016. After a two year transition period the Regulation will come into force on the 25th May 2018.

GDPR will give people the right to know how their data is handled, what their data is used for and how and when it is destroyed. At the moment the existing penalty for data breaches is a maximum fine by the ICO (Information Commissioners Office) of £500,000 but companies that suffers a data breach under the new Regulation will face a fine of upto €20million or 4 percent of their annual global turnover.

We’ve been speaking to a lot of companies who are still not taking Data Protection seriously and have no paper trail of where their confidential waste is going. It’s not too late to start now! We are offering a free onsite consultation to discuss your confidential waste disposal needs. Call us on 01829 732 471 to arrange a visit. In the meantime, you can find out more about the Data Protection reform on the ICO website