Why Is GDPR Important to the Public Sector?

With the new digital era we live in, our ways of communicating has changed. Social media channels are not only used just to talk and connect with our friends and family. But they have also changed how we shop, receive and influence the news both locally and globally.

Social media has a massive impact on the influence of government bodies across the world. People are able to gather information and form opinions on the output of the government. This can lead to a faster output of “fake news” being published.

Having this platform has helped gain the trust of many people with the public sector, and by following the rules of the GDPR law it can stay like this.

GDPR can help maintain this trust by providing structure on how organisations process and hold data that is collected.

With many sectors having to change their ways of handling data, 76% of the public sector feel prepared for the change. While research by the ICO revealed that many local government organisations have already put the positions, structures and processes in place. There is still work to be done to reach the full GDPR compliance within the public sector.

Tips for public sector organisations to follow:
1. Is your organisation prepared for GDPR?

If your organisation hasn’t got to grips with GDPR, start off the process with a risk assessment and provide all your employees with data protection training.

2. Who should be in charge of you GDPR compliance?

Within your organisation, an employee needs to be appointed as the company GDPR officer. Data controllers and processors have a bigger role within GDPR.

3. Are your procedures up to standard?

Make sure that a privacy impact assessment is placed on all new projects, and update your privacy notices, consents and rights for all individuals.

4. Have you filled any recruitment gaps?

Your employees must be able to put the legislation’s comprehensive governance measures in place and know how to cope with procedural changes.

5. Do you have a data-sharing policy in place?

The ICO found out that 37% of councils do not. Your organisation must have a policy in place that can be shared internally with both partners and suppliers.

6. Inform your employees of the best compliance practices

Make sure to educate all employees on their role in reducing any data breaches by following strict rules, such as locking their computer screen when away from their desk and having a clear desk policy.

7. The fear of human error

Human error is the cause of 49% of health sector breaches. Make sure to review your systems to ensure it is easy for all employees to manage and protect data.

8. Do you need a data protection officer?

Any public sector organisation that processes personal data are required to appoint a DPO.

9. What happens if there is a breach?

Everyone has 72 hours to report a data breach to the right lead supervisory authority.

10. Is your remote office secure?

If your employees have flexible working hours, the data must be protected wherever it is accessed from.


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