The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is now in force. It presents the most significant change to EU data protection in 20 years, meaning organisations have had to update their policies to ensure they are compliant. Further, all staff who are involved in the processing and storing of data must be familiar with their organisation’s data protection policy. We have therefore provided a data protection policy template to help your staff understand and follow your organisation’s data protection procedures.
Learn more: The GDPR resource page
What should a data protection policy include?
Who is responsible for the data protection policy?
Staff should know who to approach if they have any questions regarding the data protection policy or anything related to the processing of personal data. Under GDPR, certain organisations are required to appoint a Data Protection Officer (DPO). It will be their role to advise the company on the rules needed to ensure compliance with data protection laws.
The organisation’s procedure for processing data
It is vital that staff are aware of how to process data. This includes understanding the responsibilities of the DPO and the heads of other departments involved in processing data. For example, the responsibilities of the IT Manager and Marketing Manager should be defined here.
The organisation’s policy on processing special categories personal data
Staff should be made aware of how to identify special categories of personal information and how to process it lawfully and according to the company policy.
Subject access requests
Your data protection policy should clearly define what a subject access request is and how to process such requests.
The process for reporting breaches in data protection
All staff members have an obligation to report data protection breaches or contact the DPO if they have concerns of such a breach. This will allow the appropriate personnel to investigate further and take the appropriate steps to fix the issue in a timely manner.
Staff should be aware of the training in data protection and GDPR they are required to undertake. It should be clear how the training will be delivered and how often they need to train.
How do you collect data and what do you do with it once it is collected? A privacy notice should be published on your company’s website. It advises consumers and staff what the collected data is being used for, how long it is kept for and who it will be shared with.
What are the consequences of failing to comply with the data protection policy?
There should be a clear understanding of the consequences of failing to comply with the policy. This should be decided by the organisation, but must reflect the importance of processing personal data lawfully.
Download our GDPR ready data protection policy template
Whether you have not yet produced a data protection policy or need to update your existing policy to make it relevant to GDPR, our template will help you understand what should be included in the policy. The template can easily be edited to suit your business, staff roles and industry, and can be downloaded by filling in the form below.
Online GDPR training
The online GDPR course teaches users about their requirements under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). It provides real-world scenarios, interactive features and review questions to test understanding of key points. By completing this course users will learn how to comply with GDPR, wherever they are in the world, including the US, the UK and Europe. Learn more about GDPR training.