What is the UK Data Protection Act, and How is Compliance Determined?
The UK Data Protection Act is a United Kingdom data security and privacy law that took effect in May 2018. It formally incorporates the European Union (EU)’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) into UK data privacy law, albeit with some UK-specific exceptions built in. Just as with GDPR, the UK Data Protection Act requires businesses to follow six core principles when collecting and processing user data. Among these include a requirement that businesses use appropriate technical and organizational steps to protect data against unauthorized access, destruction, damage, or accidental loss. It additionally extends GDPR principles law enforcement and intelligence agency data collection activities, and features unique rules and carve-outs that depart from GDPR. These include new limitations on what UK citizens can request from credit reference agencies, and guidelines allowing children aged 13 and over to consent to data collection activities. Non-compliant companies could face sanctions of up to 20 million euros or 4% of the company’s global turnover, as well as possible criminal proceedings.
How Does UK Data Protection Act Hosting Work?
UK companies and organizations will need to ensure their current cloud hosting solutions comply with both GDPR and the UK Data Protection Act. Abacus Private Cloud allows you to address this using our GDPR-ready cloud hosting platform, which is built upon three layers of physical, server, and data security. It features industry-leading safeguards such as multifactor authentication, 256-bit AES encryption, SSL-A-rated data centers, and other GDPR-approved protections.
What Do I Need to Do to Audit & Maintain Compliance with the UK Data Protection Act?
Our Private Cloud hosting team can help ensure your account is configured to ensure technological compliance with GDPR and the UK Data Protection Act. We routinely automate software updates on your platform, and apply firmware patches where necessary to ensure your account is protected from established and emerging forms of cybercrime.