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Understanding GDPR

Protecting your business and users

Understanding GDPR

Are You Ready For GDPR?

On 25th May 2018, The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will be coming into effect all over the UK and Europe. It is a series of regulations and obligations that add to the current Data Protection Directive by adding a number of new requirements for businesses and determining a more comprehensive set of rights for individuals.

Currently, the Data Protection Directive does not offer the right protection for individuals. Having been implemented in 1998, its regulations do not encompass the way that organisations and individuals use data in the modern day. With the GDPR, the EU has created a set of regulations that are not only consistent across the region, but that are ready to offer a way for the general public to take control of their own information.  

If you aren't prepared for GDPR, your business is at risk

 

What Businesses Should Know

  • You will now need unambiguous consent to collect data from your users
  • You will need to maintain internal data protection policies and procedures
  • You may need a Data Compliance Officer if your company handles large amounts of data, or certain types of sensitive data
  • Your users now have new rights that you must accommodate, such as the right to be forgotten
  • As a business, you must know what personal data you are capturing, and what you do with it.
  • You must report a data breach to the ICO within 72 hours
  • You need to understand your position as either a Controller or a Processor 
 

What Users Should Know

  • You now have the right to request all the data held about you by a company, and that it is deleted if you wish
  • Businesses must have clear consent from you to collect any data on you
  • In the event of a serious data breach, you should be informed by the company
  • Your rights as an individual have developed to entail 8 Rights, which can be seen here

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Whatever size your company is, you need to be aware of the potential ramifications of non-compliance with the GDPR.

Organisations are in danger of a large fine of up to £20,000,000 or 4% of their global turnover; whichever is greater. For many businesses, the potential financial consequences could be serious.

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