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7 of the most over-the-top reactions to GDPR (or are they?)

PUBLISHED: 11:00 25 May 2018 | UPDATED: 15:51 25 May 2018

Some people have taken some interesting measures in light of the new GDPR, which comes into force today. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Some people have taken some interesting measures in light of the new GDPR, which comes into force today. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the most comprehensive overhaul of data protection law in Europe in more than 20 years – and its new rules have left a few heads spinning.

Here we look at some of the overzealous measures Norfolk employers have taken to keep personal data safe under the new rules.

– One worker was told that if your business provides a guest wifi, all connections must be recorded – as well as what the guests are viewing on the internet.

– One employer was concerned about whether they would still be able to keep a visitor book – containing names and car registrations – in reception.

– A MacDonalds employee said the team was no longer allowed to pin up staff rotas in the restaurant – as they contained people’s names.

– One school has decreed that teachers can no longer keep lists of children’s allergies in the staff room.

– A solicitor said she had received numerous calls from people asking if they would be in breach of the law by passing her details to a colleague/friend/business associate looking for personal data advice.

– A sales worker wondered what the implications would be for selling raffle tickets.

– Concerns have been raised about CCTV systems and automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) systems, which record times, places and images of people.

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