Dave Pinwell

Dave Pinwell

Dave Pinwell is a prolific blogger and IT enthusiast and has kindly allowed us to reproduce his popular weekly IT Talk column first published in the Solihull News. Dave is also CEO of Colebridge Trust and SUSTAiN which play a key role in providing strategic support to Solihull’s Voluntary & Community sector. Dave has extensive experience in the IT sector, with roles including IT Director with Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe Ltd.
Tech News 20th October 2017 196

New Law May Have A Surprise In Store

Despite Brexit and all that, new European law on data protection law hits the UK next May and it closes several loopholes that have had an impact on us as consumers.

It does, however, place far greater demands upon those who hold information about us.

Some organisations may be surprised that they are affected, particularly clubs, societies and the like which hold membership lists or subscriber details.

There has been a misunderstanding in some organisations in the past that because they are exempt from registering with Information Commissioner, the demands of the Data Protection Act do not apply to them.

In the future, any organisation that holds out addresses, phone numbers and the like will have to also hold evidence that they have consent to do so and will need to abide by tighter rules covering how they hold that information and pass it on to anyone else.

It should mean lower levels of unwanted mailshots and phone calls for we weary householders.

However, we may be inundated with requests for retrospective consents, from those who hold our details, in the early months of 2018.

In small businesses, charities and clubs, it may mean extra, unwanted headache for already stretched resources.

So, perhaps, we should be sympathetic.

For anyone who thinks they might need to know more about the new General Data Protection Regulation, there are still places left on a workshop being run by Solihull’s charity sector on October 31.

For details just pop ‘GDPR Workshop Solihull’ into Google.

For the rest of us, this might just be one of those pieces of European bureaucracy that we would like to survive Brexit.

Dave Pinwell

Dave Pinwell is a prolific blogger and IT enthusiast and has kindly allowed us to reproduce his popular weekly IT Talk column first published in the Solihull News. Dave is also CEO of Colebridge Trust and SUSTAiN which play a key role in providing strategic support to Solihull’s Voluntary & Community sector. Dave has extensive experience in the IT sector, with roles including IT Director with Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe Ltd.

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