So over the past month I have been researching and reading up about GDPR. (the new Data Protection regulations). I quickly came to the conclusion that there is a lot of myths and wrong information about GDPR and what you need to do as a business to get ready for the new regulations coming into force on the 25th May 2018.
So I want to help businesses prepare for GDPR in a productive way and an informed way so the changes you have to make (if you haven’t already done so) will be easy and simple changes ready for the new regulations.. So over the next few weeks and months my blogs will help dispel those myths and ensure that you make the neccessary changes in time and be fully compliant by 25 May 2018.
The new Data Protection regulations (GDPR) comes into force on 25th May 2018. GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation and in essence the new regulation enables individuals to consent for their data to be used for marketing purposes (opt in) rather than the current system where the individual needs to opt out. It also gives an individual the right to see what data an organisation holds for them and the organisation will have to provide those records without any charge.
It’s true that the ICO will have the power to impose bigger fines than the current £500,000 limit and could be up to 4% of your turnover under the new law but as it is now these fines will only be imposed when there has been severe data breaches. Unlike what is being reported the ICO confirmed that in 2016/2017 there were 17,300 cases in which 16 of these resulted in fines for the organisations concerned. They also confirmed they have yet to invoke their maximum powers.
The new laws are about protecting the consumer and citizen first. For me I want to show that I am protecting my clients data and getting it right as it will be a great commitment that I am showing to my clients. This will help grow my business in my opinion.
So if you have been overwhelmed by all the news about GDPR then why not get in touch and I can talk through you with some of the compliance issues that you could face and the simple actions you need to take to be ready for the 25th May 2018.
So the first action you need to take is – if you hold any data on individuals ie BtoC then you need to be registered with the ICO. If this is something you need help with we have a package where you we can register you and ensure you are fully compliant – Get in touch if you would like us to assist with your registration.
So lets take this journey together so when we get to the 25th May 2018 the new regulations will make your business stronger and fully compliant and leave the stress behind you.