Ahead of the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) come into force next May, we have already been going over clients’ websites to ensure compliancy with the new regulations, as well as reviewing ongoing processes to protect ourselves and our clients.
What is GDPR?
GDPR is coming in to replace the existing Data Protection Directive. Its primary intention is to provide a greater level of protection to personal data, while giving back control to individuals over how their data is used.
Will it affect my business?
Yes. All businesses in the European Union will be affected, and all businesses that export data to the EU, or hold the data of EU citizens.
According to the European Commission, “personal data is any information relating to an individual, whether it relates to his or her private, professional or public life. It can be anything from a name, a home address, a photo, an email address, bank details, posts on social networking websites, medical information, or a computer’s IP address.”
So if you sell online, have a website with a sign-up form, send out email marketing, or hold any customer data; this will affect you.
What do I need to do?
All clients will receive a notification from us in the new year which will provide further information on the forthcoming regulations and what you may need to do. However, you also need to do some research on GDPR and assess what you need to do internally to prepare your business.
We recommend that you get familiar with the new regulations sooner rather than later. Next May will come around quickly and some of your more complex procedures may need an overhaul.
With a fine or a % of your turnover at stake, these new regulations need your attention. Give us a call on 01282 685430 if you have any questions or you’d like to discuss.