Friday, 12 January 2018

Data Protection Act & GDPR Compliance

Almost all companies hold personal information on either employees, customers or their order information records so those companies must ensure they are compliant with the Data Protection Act. For those organisations wishing to trade with the European Union, they should be getting ready to also comply with the GDPR.

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GDPR breaches will incur fines of up to €20 million (or 4% of company turnover) and for breaches of the DPA fines of up to £500,000 can apply.

For organisations wishing to trade with the European Union, they should be getting ready to also comply with the GDPR.

Systems Assurance offers an advice service to ensure that organisations have the policies, controls, processes and awareness, which will minimise any risk of a Data Protection regulation breach and prosecution.


Systems Assurances' Information Security Group have vast experience of helping organisations assess the business risks associated with Cyber threats and security breaches through the use of best practice information security policies and procedures.

Our consultants are Cyber Essentials Certified Assessors,ISO 27001(information security standard) and ISO 22301 (business continuity standard) auditors.


Systems Assurances approach to DPA and GDPR compliance is to firstly conduct an onsite workshop with relevant HR, Sales and Marketing and IT representatives within an organisation. The workshop is conducted by a senior Systems Assurance Data Protection consultant and the session is used to understand what type of personal information is gathered, why it is gathered, how it is processed and how data subjects are kept informed of the information that is held and their rights relating to that data.

The Data Protection consultant will then produce a report highlighting the gaps between the company’s current Data Protection practises when benchmarked with the DPA and if required, the GDPR. The consultant can present the report to board or senior management teams to discuss how gaps can be prevented and mitigate any Data Protection compliance risks that the company is exposed to.


Identify current activities that are regulated by the DPA and GDPR
Ensure that the personal data being gathered is justifiable
Ensure that personal data is being processed correctly, when relating to the justification
Securing personal and sensitive information
Handling requests for information and understanding data subject rights
Controlling access to personal information
Ensuring that adequate levels of transparency and privacy are in place
Ensuring accuracy and currency of information
Training and awareness relating to Data Protection compliance
Breach management
Main distinctions between the DPA and GDPR


Typically the Data Protection workshop will take one day, with the report taking 2 days dependant on the size and complexity of the organisation in terms of their Data Protection exposure.


Systems Assurance Information Security practice offers a number of valuable certification and enablement services including:

Cyber Essentials Enablement
ISO 27001 Auditing
ISO 22301 Auditing
Information Security Reviews

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