Hard and fast rules on data

It’s been one year since the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force, prompting organisations UK-wide into a frenzied update of data protection policies and procedures.

This armoury against the perceived wrath of the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is effective only if practical data protection policies are adopted into our day-to-day routines.

The consequences of unlawful disclosure are not nominal. We live in a small and ever-transparent world and there have been many high-profile occasions when stray papers have been discovered by individuals known to the data subject.

Many organisations continue to use paper files and hard copy documents as opposed to electronic communication and storage. This is more so the case with landlords and letting agents, where a hard copy document in the form of a tenancy agreement often commences the relationship between data controller and data subject (tenant).

The full article by Umera Rashid of TC Young Letlaw outlining how landlords can ensure they minimise the risk of breaching GDPR legislation on hard copy documents can be read in our Summer edition of Landlord Focus, (members please remember to log in to access our documents and previous issues of our magazine).

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