A special supplement designed to help veterinary practices prepare for the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has been published by the journal Veterinary Practice Today.

The supplement, ‘Looking after data makes good business sense’, is described as a ‘complete guide to looking after client data.’ It features an overview of the new legislation, information on how it is different to the Data Protection Directive (DDP), and how the regulation applies to veterinary practices. 

It also explains some of the key terms associated with the GDPR, such as ‘individual rights’ and ‘processing’, before looking in more detail at the steps practice owners will need to take to become GDPR-compliant.

Author Andrew Horrex, who has more than 30 years’ experience in the IT industry, stressed the importance of veterinary practices meeting the new standards:

“I would urge practice owners to look closely at their data security and privacy procedures and update their terms and conditions as soon as possible,” he said. “With this soon to become law, it is advisable to be prepared.”

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is designed to protect citizens and reshape the way organisations approach data privacy. It will enter into force in the UK on the 25 May 2018, after which there will be serious penalties for non-compliance.

The supplement, ‘Looking after data makes good business sense: is your practice ready for the new data protection law?’, is available to view here and download