Data Protection

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The EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) came into force on 25th May 2018 and brought with it the most significant changes to data protection law in two decades. Based on privacy by design and taking a risk-based approach, GDPR is designed to meet the requirements of the digital age. The Regulation standardises data protection laws and processing; affording individuals stronger, more consistent rights to access and control their personal information.

Our Commitment
We at Penman Sedgwick are committed to ensuring the security and protection of the personal information that we process, and to provide a compliant and consistent approach to data protection. We have a robust and effective data protection program in place which complies with existing laws – including GDPR – and abides by data protection principles.

Penman Sedgwick is dedicated to safeguarding the personal information in our care and provides a data protection system that is effective, fit for purpose and demonstrates an understanding of, and appreciation for GDPR.

How we, at Penman Sedgwick, comply with GDPR

  • Information Audit: carrying out an organisation-wide information audit to identify what personal information we hold, where it comes from, how and why it is processed and if and to whom it is disclosed.
  • Policies & Procedures: implementing new data protection policies and procedures to meet the requirements of GDPR, including:
    a) Data Protection: our main policy and procedure document for data protection has been revised to meet the requirements of the GDPR. Accountability and governance measures are in place to ensure that we understand and evidence our obligations and responsibilities; with a dedicated focus on privacy by design and the rights of individuals.

    b) Data Retention & Erasure: our retention policy and schedule ensures that we meet the ‘data minimisation’ and ‘storage limitation’ principles and that personal information is stored, archived and destroyed compliantly and ethically. We have dedicated erasure procedures in place to meet the new ‘Right to Erasure’ obligation and are aware of when this and other data subject’s rights apply; along with any exemptions, response timeframes and notification responsibilities.

    c) Data Breaches: our breach procedures ensure that we have safeguards and measures in place to identify, assess, investigate and report any personal data breach at the earliest possible time. Our procedures are robust and have been shared with all employees, making them aware of the reporting lines and steps to follow.

    d) Subject Access Request (SAR): our SAR procedures accommodate the revised 30-day timeframe for providing the requested information and for making this provision free of charge. Our procedures detail how to verify the data subject, what steps to take for processing an access request, what exemptions apply and a suite of response templates to ensure that communications with data subjects are compliant, consistent and adequate.

  • Legal Basis for Processing: we have reviewed all processing activities to identify the legal basis for processing and ensuring that each basis is appropriate for the activity it relates to. Where applicable, we also maintain records of our processing activities, ensuring that our obligations under Article 30 of the GDPR and Schedule 1 of the Data Protection Bill are met.
  • Privacy Notice/Policy: we have revised our Privacy Notice(s) to comply with the GDPR, ensuring that all individuals whose personal information we process have been informed of why we need it, how it is used, what their rights are, who the information is disclosed to and what safeguarding measures are in place to protect their information.
  • Processor Agreements: where we use any third-party to process personal information on our behalf, we have drafted compliant Processor Agreements and due diligence procedures for ensuring that they meet and understand their GDPR obligations. These measures include initial and ongoing reviews of the service provided, the necessity of the processing activity, the technical and organisational measures in place and compliance with the GDPR.

Data Subject Rights
In addition to the policies and procedures mentioned above that ensure individuals can enforce their data protection rights, we provide easy to access information via our website of an individual’s right to access personal information that Penman Sedgwick processes about them and to request information about:

  • What personal data we hold about them
  • The purposes of the processing
  • The categories of personal data concerned
  • The recipients to whom the personal data has/will be disclosed
  • How long we intend to store your personal data for
  • If we did not collect the data directly from them, information about the source
  • The right to have incomplete or inaccurate data about them corrected or completed and the process for requesting this
  • The right to request erasure of personal data (where applicable) or to restrict processing in accordance with data protection laws, as well as to object to any direct marketing from us and to be informed about any automated decision-making that we use
  • The right to lodge a complaint or seek judicial remedy and who to contact in such instances

Information Security & Technical and Organisational Measures
Penman Sedgwick takes the privacy and security of individuals and their personal information very seriously and take every reasonable measure and precaution to protect and secure the personal data that we process. We have robust information security policies and procedures in place to protect personal information from unauthorised access, alteration, disclosure or destruction and have several layers of security measures.

If you have any questions about how we comply with GDPR, please feel free to visit us at:

5 George Street
WD18 0SQ

Or contact us at:

01923 225212

Penman Sedgwick's opening hours:

Monday to Friday, 9.00am – 5.30pm