GDPR, DATA PROTECTION ACT 2018, FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 – ADAVISTA CAN GUIDE YOU THROUGH IT
The business was founded by Mrs Robyn J Banks on 1st January 2005. This coincided with the implementation of the Freedom Of Information Act 2000.
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Robyn is educated to A Level standard in a wide range of subjects. Robyn’s specialism at school was Modern Languages – an interest she has continued ever since. Her range of languages covers most of the world – French, German, Spanish, Russian, Mandarin Chinese are the main ones with a smattering of others thrown in, such as Moroccan Arabic and Norwegian.
Robyn’s early interests of Data Protection and Freedom of Information
After leaving school, Robyn fulfilled a life’s ambition to see the world through HM Diplomatic Service. During her working life of 19 years with the Foreign Office, Robyn was lucky to travel the world and complete a wide variety of work. The most relevant being her work as a Trainer. This included accounts; IT; Data Protection and Freedom of Information and her attaining Associate status of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) with a Certificate in Training Practices. Robyn spent the last three years of her time in the Foreign Office as a Data Protection Casework Officer and Trainer. This included putting the legislation into the workplace and training others in using the legislation as well as compliance.
The begining of Adavista
During the last few years in the FCO, Robyn became aware of the need (in the private sector as well as the public sector) for guidance, help and training in this field of Access to Information. This living legislation is not yet being used to its full potential by the very people it is designed to help – the general public.
Also companies have not been made aware of how to protect themselves against potential compensation claims and large enforcement notices. More importantly, how they can use the Freedom of Information legislation to gain useful information themselves on competitors etc when working with public authorities such as schools, primary care trusts and local government.
At aDaVista, we are committed to providing every assistance in using this legislation, whether it be personal or non-personal data. It is important to us to bring the legislation and your workplace together with minimal disruption and at reasonable cost with a human approach to the law. To find out more, please visit the relevant pages here on the website.
Robyn has spent a lot of her “own” time over the years assisting people in charitable causes. In 2016, she became a Lion with the Lions Club of East Anglia Lioness. This gives her the opportunity to attend and participate in charity events.
“LIONS INTERNATIONAL” is the largest worldwide “service” organisation. It is split into two areas. “Lions Clubs International” (where the clubs members are “administered”) and “Lions Clubs International Foundation”. This is the charitable arm of the organisation which coordinates volunteer work around the world, particularly in response to disasters, whether natural or otherwise.
As well as being active in the Club, Robyn is the “Data Protection Officer” for the UK. This is known as the “Multiple District” and for three of the 8 Districts within the UK. This involves being responsible for a lot of people’s personal data. Additionally helping them all to be compliant with the legislation, just as with any “business” in the UK.