Optical Confederation media release

Data protection law in the UK is changing – essential, new advice for those working in the optical sector

New data protection laws in the UK will come into force on 25 May 2018 – impacting the optical sector.

To help those working in the sector, the Optical Confederation has published an initial guide to these important changes, aimed at optical practices, manufacturers, suppliers, distributors and employees. It includes a breakdown of what practitioners need to do to comply, when the new rules come into effect.

The guidance, published on the Optical Confederation website, explains what is changing and what steps you should take now.

Optical Confederation Chair, Fiona Anderson said: “These changes will affect everyone working in the sector. With some of the new rules still not clear, practitioners are understandably eager to grasp the detail so they can begin applying in their business and roles. With this in mind, the Optical Confederation knows that demand is high for guidance on this topic and we’ve produced initial advice that sets out what people can do now to prepare for the changes”.

With the Bill, currently going through the UK Parliament and because the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has not completed its own guidance, some of the changes have not been finalised. The Optical Confederation will publish updated and detailed guidance when the rules are confirmed.

The guidance can be found here: http://www.opticalconfederation.org.uk/resources/guidance

Practitioners can also keep up to date with the latest advice by regularly checking the Optical Confederation website.