Article 5 of the UK GDPR sets out seven key principles which lie at the heart of the General Data Protection Regulation.
Article 5(1) requires that personal data shall be:
(a) processed lawfully, fairly and in a transparent manner in relation to individuals (‘lawfulness, fairness and transparency’);
(b) collected for specified, explicit and legitimate purposes and not further processed in a manner that is incompatible with those purposes; further processing for archiving purposes in the public interest, scientific or historical research purposes or statistical purposes shall not be considered to be incompatible with the initial purposes (‘purpose limitation’);
(c) adequate, relevant and limited to what is necessary in relation to the purposes for which they are processed (‘data minimisation’);
(d) accurate and, where necessary, kept up to date; every reasonable step must be taken to ensure that personal data that are inaccurate, having regard to the purposes for which they are processed, are erased or rectified without delay (‘accuracy’);
(e) kept in a form which permits identification of data subjects for no longer than is necessary for the purposes for which the personal data are processed; personal data may be stored for longer periods insofar as the personal data will be processed solely for archiving purposes in the public interest, scientific or historical research purposes or statistical purposes subject to implementation of the appropriate technical and organisational measures required by the GDPR in order to safeguard the rights and freedoms of individuals (‘storage limitation’);
(f) processed in a manner that ensures appropriate security of the personal data, including protection against unauthorised or unlawful processing and against accidental loss, destruction or damage, using appropriate technical or organisational measures (‘integrity and confidentiality’).”
(g) the accountability principle requires you to take responsibility for what you do with personal data and how you comply with the other principles. You must have appropriate measures and records in place to be able to demonstrate your compliance. The principles lie at the heart of the UK GDPR. They are set out right at the start of the legislation, and inform everything that follows. They don’t give hard and fast rules, but rather embody the spirit of the general data protection regime – and, as such, there are very limited exceptions.
At Evolve North we ensure you get the balance right and meet the spirit of the UK GDPR without creating an onerous approach to data protection. Getting this balance right ensures the rights of the data subjects are met and maintained appropriately. This practical approach to ensuring you have the correct technical and procedural controls in place also ensures that your organisation has its risks under control.
If you would like any support or guidance in respect to complying with the UK GDPR please do not hesitate to contact us, we have experience in both public/private sector and specific industries including Finance, Legal, Banking, Manufacturing, Health, Transportation, Hospitality and many more.
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