Preparation guide for the new data protection laws

Published On:Friday, February 16, 2018

Data protection and privacy laws are being strengthened throughout the world in response to the ever increasing use of technology and the threats such processing poses to individuals.  In the European Union, new law, known as the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), comes into full force on 25 May 2018. The Isle of Man is introducing new data protection laws similar to the GDPR which are also expected to come into force in May 2018.  

If you process personal data as part of your business, charity or other organisation (including clubs and societies), then these laws apply to you.   

The Information Commissioner has published a new guide, "Getting ready for the new data protection laws - A guide for small businesses, charities and voluntary organisations", which is intended to assist those businesses understand what their new obligations are and prepare their business for compliance with the new laws.  This new guide contains links to several resources already available on the website. 

The new laws are an evolution of the existing law; if you are already complying with the Data Protection Act 2002, and have good data protection practices and policies in place, then you are on the way to being prepared.  

Working your way through the guide and other resources should help you to identify areas where changes, improvements or new practices are required.  This may take some time and effort and it is your responsibility to take the relevant steps needed to bring your compliance up to date and meet your new obligations.