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The Seven Pillars Of GDPR

Tagged with GDPR HELP, GDPR ADVICE, GDPR
by Adam Brogden
in Blog

12-Sep-2019 11:05

GDPR is complicated and open to interpretation, however as long as you document your decision and rationale for your ‘reasonable’ choice you should be safe from ICO action. When you need to make difficult decisions you should always refer to the basic GDPR principles.

The GDPR sets out seven fundamental principles for the lawful processing of personal data. Processing includes the collection, organisation, structuring, storage, alteration, consultation, use, communication, combination, restriction, erasure or destruction of personal data. In general, the seven principles are:

  1. Lawfulness, fairness and transparency
  2. Purpose limitation
  3. Data minimisation
  4. Accuracy
  5. Storage limitation
  6. Integrity and confidentiality (security)
  7. Accountability

The principles are at the centre of the GDPR; they are the guiding principles of the regulation and compliant processing. Data controllers are responsible for complying with the principles and letter of the regulation. Data Controllers are also accountable for their processing and must demonstrate their compliance. This is set out in the new accountability principle.

The full version of the seven principles gives more detail about the principles and their application.

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’)."

So, when you have to make a choice on how to implement GDPR – remember these principles and you won’t go far wrong. Otherwise just call us. We’ll do our best to help make sure you are GDPR compliant.

Good luck all.