At M.R.Investigations we have been keeping an eye on the upcoming new data protection laws coming into this country on the 25th May 2018. This will effect private investigators as well as anyone else that processes peoples data.
We have attended a workshop at the ABI headquarters and are now happy from what we have learned and implemented that we are GDPR compliant.
We will now have to carry out an audit of how all data is stored handled and deleted as well as risk assess any enquiries we take on and show why we go ahead or decline an investigation.
For example if we are given a request to carry out a trace we need to assess if the data subject (the person we have been asked to trace) is likely to come to harm from us obtaining a positive trace result and passing on to the client or if there is likely to be any other fall out from our actions then we must decline the enquiry.
This has actually always been the case and we have always mentally risk assesed any such enquiry but now we need to show why we decided that it would be okay to have gone ahead.
We are also more accountable for any data breaches and the ICO will have more powers to punish anyone falling foul of the new GDPR rules.
Whats new under the GDPR? https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/guide-to-the-general-data-protection-regulation-gdpr/accountability-and-governance/
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