The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has begun consulting on a new Regulatory Action Policy (“the Policy”). This new policy is intended to provide “direction and focus” for those the ICO regulates, the public and its staff - and therefore demands careful consideration by anyone concerned about regulatory action within this new GDPR era. Critically, the Policy reiterates the ICO’s commitment to a balanced approach to regulation by creating an environment in which data subjects are protected whilst business is able to operate and innovate efficiently:
Unless you’ve been under a rock for the past few months, you’ll be aware that changes are afoot in the data protection world. Your inbox is probably full of emails from organisations using various catchy phrases to get you to “opt in” to receiving communications (my favourite was headed “darling you’ve got to let me know, will you stay or will you go?” – who said data protection couldn’t be fun?!). But what is GDPR and what does all this mean for you as a therapist?
The Data Protection Bill (“the Bill”) was described in the Queen’s speech of June 2017 as a new law to ensure ‘that the United Kingdom retains its world-class regime protecting personal data’. It supplements and bolsters the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), the directly effective EU regulation on Data Protection coming into force in May.