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GDPR isn’t done. It's an on-going process, and above all, good business sense. For those working in the Civil Service who have access to large amounts of important personal data (including special category data as defined by the GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018) this is especially vital to understand particularly within the context of the Government’s accountability and transparency agenda. Specifically, “Open Government” still needs to respect data protection laws and the importance of safeguarding personal data. Moreover, despite all the publicity and understandable concern about hacking, most data protection breaches occur as the result of human error, not malice.
It is therefore essential that all processes and procedures are up to standard across Government, and that every effort has been made to make individuals working in the Civil Service aware of their responsibilities regarding data protection, data privacy and their responsibilities whatever their role.
Some top tips regarding sound management of personal data therefore include:
Recent data breaches, such as the publication of the home addresses of those included in the New Year’s Honour List, have increased the necessity for all those working in Government to be absolutely on the ball regarding their data protection obligations.
Writers: Susan Doe and Naomi Korn of Naomi Korn Associates
Here at the Civil Service College, we offer a course that can help you to gain a better understanding on GDPR by giving tips and techniques to help you to deal with problems you and your organisation face.
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