Turning Point is working with Crown Records Management to prepare for new data legislation

Turning Point, a leading social enterprise operating in the health and social care sector, has appointed Crown Records Management, a global provider of information management services, to support its efforts in preparing for the impending EU General Data Protection Regulation.

In a world where the handling of personal data is becoming an increasingly important issue, Turning Point wants to be ahead of the game when it comes to complying with new legislation and build upon the measures already in place for protecting the information of their service users and employees.

The EU Data Protection Regulation will come into force in May 2018 while the UK Data Bill, which mirrors much of its content, is currently working its way through the House of Lords.

The regulation will give EU citizens new rights over their personal data, including the right to ask for it to be edited or deleted, as well as bringing in huge fines for data breaches.

Like many organisations, Turning Point is well aware of the regulation and has identified a need for support - to assess what is required to understand both the challenges and opportunities which lie ahead. Therefore it has engaged with Crown Records Management to produce a GDPR Risk & Readiness Assessment.

The output of the assessment and the associated recommendations are currently being used as part of a phased action plan towards compliance.

Simon Allen, Business Development manager at Crown Records Management, said: “Many businesses are concerned about being ready in time for the EU General Data Protection Regulation.

“However, there are also clear benefits and advantages for those who take the right steps to update their information management so that they understand what data they have, where it is, why they’ve got it and how they’re using it, not forgetting how they can gain value from it.

“We are now providing further support and guidance for Turning Point, including how to best to complete the Information Audit which is one of the vital first steps towards complying with the new regulation.”

Sara Jones of Turning Point added: “Appointing Crown Records Management was an important step for Turning Point in preparing for this new legislation which brings with it both challenges and opportunities. Having experts on board who can provide real guidance throughout the process has proved invaluable.”