Data laws lead to new £40k job

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NEW data pro­tec­tion leg­is­la­tion has led to the cre­ation of a £40,000 post.

Lan­cashire Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner Clive Grun­shaw signed off on the ap­point­ment of a data pro­tec­tion of­fi­cer (DPO) be­cause of the new Gen­eral Data Pro­tec­tion Reg­u­la­tion (GDPR) which came into force this week.

The £40,000-a-year role had to be filled or the of­fice would be in breach of the law and at risk of sanc­tions from the In­for­ma­tion Com­mis­sioner’s Of­fice.

GDPR is a new data pro­tec­tion frame­work for the EU. It also ad­dresses the ex­port of per­sonal data out­side the EU and Area.

The GDPR aims to give con­trol to cit­i­zens and res­i­dents over their per­sonal data and to sim­plify the reg­u­la­tory en­vi­ron­ment for in­ter­na­tional busi­ness by uni­fy­ing the reg­u­la­tion within the EU.

The leg­is­la­tion re­quires all public author­i­ties to ap­point a data pro­tec­tion of­fi­cer to in­form and ad­vise the or­gan­i­sa­tion and its em­ploy­ees about their obli­ga­tion to com­ply Euro­pean Eco­nomic with GDPR.

They must also mon­i­tor com­pli­ance. For se­ri­ous breaches, the In­for­ma­tion Com­mis­sioner can is­sue penalty no­tices of up to £500,000.

Un­der GDPR this could be up to £20m or 4% of an­nual turnover – which­ever is the greater sum.

Carl Melling, of Lan­cashire Con­stab­u­lary, has been ap­pointed to the role and will re­port di­rectly to OPCC di­rec­tor An­gela Har­ri­son.

In a re­port to Mr Grun­shaw, she said: “Im­por­tantly, the GDPR specif­i­cally al­lows public author­i­ties to share the DPO role with other or­gan­i­sa­tions in­clud­ing other lo­cal author­i­ties.

“In this in­stance the OPCC would pro­pose to share a DPO with Lan­cashire Con­stab­u­lary.

“The GDPR will in­tro­duce a duty on the DPO to re­port cer­tain types of data breaches to the rel­e­vant su­per­vi­sory author­ity and, in some cases, to the in­di­vid­u­als af­fected.

“Also un­der GDPR a breach is more than just the loss of data: in­ap­pro­pri­ate ac­cess to per­sonal data due to the lack of in­ter­nal con­trols is also deemed a breach.

“A con­tri­bu­tion to the post of DPO of £40,000 for 2018/19 will be made to Lan­cashire Con­stab­u­lary.

“There­after this will be ab­sorbed into the on­go­ing bud­get for the con­stab­u­lary.”

Clive Grun­shaw

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