Please explain the changes to subject access requests when GDPR is implemented in May

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 3 April 2018
Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI
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The main changes to the SAR regime are procedural, as outlined below. Further, given the proximity of the GDPR’s implementation, it would be prudent to develop a standard response letter to SARs.

Electronic access: requests are permitted to be made electronically (most commonly by email, but social media is also permitted) and the response will also be provided in a commonly-used electronic form.

Timeframe for responding: the data controller has one month to respond to the request, a reduction from the 40-day timeframe under the Data Protection Act 1998. However, an employer may seek an extension for up to three months if the request is particularly complex. If an extension is required, an

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Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI

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