As pretty much everyone is aware, new data protection legislation comes into force in the form of the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (the GDPR) on 25 May 2018.

For registered social landlords (RSL), it is clear that it is not just tenants and employees that they need to be aware of in terms of data protection and compliance with GDPR.

RSLs will also process personal data for a number of other categories of individuals, such as sharing owners, shared equity owners and owners of factored properties.

If a RSL has an agreement with, for example, a sharing owner, that agreement will include the owner's name, address and signature at the very least. This constitutes personal data and the retention by the RSL of a copy of this agreement, particularly in electronic form, or any file related to such individuals constitutes the processing of personal data under the GDPR.

Find out more about how RSLs can prepare for GDPR here.