GDPR & IT Security

Fri, 18 May 18


If you have any personal data (personal information pertaining to a living individual) stored in electronic format on a laptop then you must have that laptop encrypted according to the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) law which comes into force across Europe on 25 May 2018. Encryption is a secure method of scrambling messages in a format that is unreadable by unauthorised users. It is the best way to keep your information secure from thieves or accidental loss.

Most newer laptops running Windows 10 have built in encryption software called Microsoft Bitlocker which you can use to encrypt the data on your laptop. Apple also offer encryption software called Filevault.

IT Services offer an encryption service which UCD staff can avail of (laptop must meet recommended hardware requirements).

For full information on using native encryption software and how to get help or advice please view our Encryption webpages.

UCD has a dedicated website with practical tips, resources and procedures and all you need to know about GDPR in UCD - http://www.ucd.ie/gdpr/