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Use our mythbuster to separate the fact from the fiction around the UK GDPR when it comes to visitor books, photo archives, consent and more.

Myth Fact You need to seek consent for all the personal data you process You probably won't need to seek consent that often. You need to have a ‘lawful basis’ (legal reason) for processing personal data, and consent is just 1 of 6 lawful bases you can use. Only use consent where none of the other bases apply, as the standard for getting consent is very high and individuals can say no or withdraw it at any time, which could cause you problems. Follow our process to decide if any of the other bases apply, before you consider seeking consent. The UK GDPR contains specific rules about how long you can retain records for The UK GDPR contains principles for good management of personal data, rather than specific rules on how you must do things. It doesn't set out record retention periods, or particular security measures that you need to put in place. It's up to you to decide this, based on what is appropriate

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