Quick consultation on the new General Data Protection Regulation(GDPR).

GMWRAG members may be aware that the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will apply in the UK from May 2018 and replaces the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA). In light of the recent controversy about the use of explicit consent in relation to Universal Credit.

The Information Commissioner’s Office is consulting on draft consent guidance in relation to the new General Data Protection Regulation that will apply in the UK from May 2018, replacing the Data Protection Act 1998.

The GDPR sets a high standard for consent. It builds on the DPA standard of consent in a number of areas and it contains significantly more detail that codifies existing European guidance and good practice.

The draft guidance on consent explains the ICOs recommended approach to compliance and what counts as valid consent. It also provides practical help to decide when to rely on consent, and when to look at alternatives.

The ICO are now running a short consultation on the draft guidance to gather the views of stakeholders and the public. These views will inform the published version of the guidance.

The consultation opened on the 2nd of March 2017 and the response deadline is the 31st of March 2017. All GMWRAG members are encouraged to at least be aware of this significant change and to submit a response if you can. We fully appreciate that 29 days sets a new bar for requiring a speedy response to an consultation!