Essential Digital Skills Level 1

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What is GDPR

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GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulations and it's a European regulation on data protection. Although the UK has left the European Union, GDPR rules in general still apply, as they are there to protect your personal data and how it's used. The Data Protection Act 2018 controls how your personal information is used by organisations and businesses or the government. The Data Protection Act 2018 is the UK's implementation of the General Data Protection Regulations or GDPR. Everyone responsible for using personal data has to follow strict rules called data protection principles. They must make sure that the information is used fairly, lawfully and transparently. Used for specific explicit purposes. Used in a way that's adequate, relevant and limited to only what's necessary. Accurate and where necessary, kept up-to-date. Kept for no longer than necessary. And finally, handled in a way that ensures appropriate security, including protection against unlawful or unauthorised processing, access, loss or destruction or damage. There are stronger legal protection for more sensitive information such as race, ethnic background, political opinions, religious beliefs, trade union membership, genetics, biometrics, which were used for identification, health and finally, sex life or orientation. There are separate safeguards for personal data relating to criminal convictions and offences.

Under the Data Protection Act 2018, you have the right to find out what information the government and other organisations store about you. These include the right to be informed about how your data is being used, access personal data, have incorrect data updated, have data erased, stop or restrict the processing of your data, data portability, allowing you to get and reuse your data for different services. And finally, object to how your data is processed in certain circumstances. You also have the right, when an organisation is using your personal data for automated decision-making processes without human involvement and profiling, for example, to predict your behaviour or interest.

Learning Outcomes:
  • EDSQ Unit 5 LO 13.3