How does the General Data Protection Reform affect Complementary Therapists?
So are we all ready for this?
Yes, I hear you all cry but just in case you are one of the few who were unable to answer yes, I thought I would share my experience after participating in an Information Commissioners Office (ICO) webinar a few weeks ago. So here is my take on what it is all about and how any changes will affect us as therapists moving forward.
The GDPR has been set up as a result of an EU Directive and will take place on 25th May 2018. It replaces the Data Protection Act 1998, which is a law designed to protect personal data whether stored on a computer or in an organised filing system.
Noncompliance of this law could result in penalty notices and fines of up to £500,000! The Data Protection 2018 will take over from GDPR when Brexit occurs.
Reasons for GDPR
The main reason for this reform is as a result of the huge amount of personal information that is now regularly processed on a daily basis. The amount of information available, and often accessible, regarding individuals today has increased by 90% since the Data Protection Act (DPA) originally was launched in 1998.