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

Some people have taken some interesting measures in light of the new GDPR, which comes into force to

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

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.


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– 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.

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– 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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