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New data protection regulations for 2018
As with the Data Protection Act, the GDPR applies to personal data, but the GDPR also applies to online identifiers, such as an IP address.
UK Data Protection Act to be replaced

The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is set to come into force in the UK from 25 May 2018, replacing the UK Data Protection Act 1998.

While the new rules are months away, it is wise for businesses to prepare in advance, to ensure they are compliant by next year.

The GDPR applies to those with a day-to-day responsibility for data protection - defined as ‘controllers’ and ‘processors’. Controllers say how and why personal data is processed and processors act on the controller’s behalf.

Processors have specific legal obligations under the new regulation - they are required to maintain records of personal data and processing activities. There will be significantly more legal liability if the processor is responsible for a data breach.

However, controllers are not relieved of their obligations if a processor is involved. The new regulation places further responsibilities on these controllers to ensure contracts with processors are compliant with the GDPR.

As with the Data Protection Act, the GDPR applies to personal data, but the GDPR also applies to online identifiers, such as an IP address.

For most organisations - those who keep HR records, customer lists or contact details, for example - the changes to the definition should make little practical difference, according to the Information Commissioner’s Office.

The GDPR applies to automated personal data and manual filing systems where personal data can be accessed according to specific criteria. This could also now apply to chronologically ordered sets of manual records that contain personal data.

For more information on the changes visit: https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/data-protection-reform/overview-of-the-gdpr/

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Vets save premature penguin chick

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 Vets have saved a tiny Humboldt penguin chick after her egg was accidentally broken by her parents. Keepers at ZSL London Zoo were shocked to find the chick, named Rainbow, still alive and rushed her straight to the Zoo’s on-site veterinary clinic.

It was a little way to go until the chick should have hatched, so the process was touch and go. Vets removed bits of shell from around the chick with tweezers until she could be lifted out and placed in a makeshift nest.

Rainbow is now in a custom-built incubation room where she spends her days cuddled up to a toy penguin. Keepers will hand-fed Rainbow for the next 10 weeks until she is healthy enough to move to the penguin nursery.  

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BVA infographic to help shoppers understand farm assurance schemes

An infographic to help members of the public understand farm assurance schemes has been produced by the BVA. The infographic outlines BVA’s priorities for animal welfare and shows whether or not the schemes address these priorities in their standards.

BVA president John Fishwick said: “The infographic is not intended to be a league table but to allow people to understand what aspects of animal health and welfare are addressed by assurance schemes so that they can decide which scheme best aligns with their own individual preferences and priorities."