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What is the GDPR and why does it matter?

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In case you haven’t heard, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is coming in May 2018, and it has important implications for how organisations handle confidential data. It also affects how we communicate with you and means you need to take action if you want to keep hearing from us.

GDPR is a new piece of EU legislation intended to make organisations more accountable in their handling of personal data. This makes sense when you consider all the unforeseen, sometimes questionable ways that our data is now used, and widespread concerns about privacy amidst some high-profile data breach scandals which have hit the headlines.

For us as data controllers, preparing for the GDPR means examining all our existing data protection systems and protocols to ensure we are fully compliant with the new legislation. Fortunately, we have always been rigorous in complying with the Data Protection Act, so this won’t be a major overhaul for us. However, the GDPR also means we need your consent to use your data to communicate with you, so if you’d like to continue receiving occasional email updates from us that we think will be relevant to you*, please complete our opt-in form now and we will keep you on our mailing list.

Please do let me know if you’ve any questions on this, or visit the ICO website for more information about the GDPR.

*McGowan Transcriptions never shares your details with third parties.

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