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New data protection rules set to come into force
The risk of security breaches has increased dramatically since rapid advances in technology.
Special online supplement helps practices comply with GDPR

Businesses must soon be compliant with new EU rules on data protection, as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force tomorrow (25 May).

The regulation applies to those with a day-to-day responsibility for data protection.

GDPR aims to minimise the risk of security breaches, which have increased dramatically since rapid advances in technology have allowed public and private companies to make use of personal data.

Since the new rules were announced last year, veterinary practices and other businesses will have had to review the way they collect personal data and update their terms and conditions to inform clients about their data processing activities. Privacy impact assessments (PIAs) should also have been carried out on products and systems to ensure they protect data adequately.

Key changes include:
  • organisations must disclose any data breaches within 72 hours
  • individuals must give explicit consent for their personal data to be processed - implied consent is no longer acceptable
  • individuals have the right to retract consent and request that data be erased
  • individuals have the right to request data in a readable format.

Those who fail to comply with the new rules will face fines of up to €20 million, or four per cent of global turnover, depending on which is greater. This will apply for serious ‘tier one’ breaches. For lesser, ‘tier two’ breaches, businesses could be fined up to €10 million or two per cent of global turnover.

To help veterinary practices ensure they are compliant with GDPR, now and in the future, a special supplement has been published online by the journal Veterinary Practice Today, in conjunction with leading IT provider, AT Veterinary Systems: http://vetpracticetoday.com/vpt-en/index_gdpr.html.

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Report: A third of Welsh birds are in decline

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 A report by RSPB Cymru and partnering ornithology organisations has revealed that a third of bird species in Wales are in significant decline.

90 per cent of Wales is farmed and there is now pressure to implement new land management policies that will aid in nature restoration.

Patrick Lindley, Maritime Ornithologist for Natural Resources Wales, commented: “The problems that confront UK birds, whether they are breeding or non-breeding, are pressure and threats that confront entire ecosystems.

“Birds are a great indicator to the health of our environment. The continued population declines of birds of farmed, woodland and upland habitats suggest there are large geographic themes that are having a detrimental impact.”  

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BSAVA announces winner of 2019 Bourgelat Award

One of the world’s leading small animal medicine specialists is set to receive the prestigious Bourgelat Award at BSAVA Congress 2019.

Professor Mike Herrtage will be recognised for his major research into metabolic and endocrine diseases, including diabetes mellitus, Cushing’s disease and Addison’s disease.

During his career, Prof Herrtage has co-authored more than 100 scientific papers and written more than 200 other publications such as abstracts, books and chapters. He also continues to be a source of inspiration for thousands of undergraduate and postgraduate veterinary surgeons.