GDPR And How It Will Affect Your Business
Are you ready for May 2018?
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will apply across the EU from May 2018. As it is a regulation, it does not require any enabling legislation, so businesses can't avoid it ...
If you hold any data on an EU citizen, you need to comply with GDPR!
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GDPR not only applies to organisations located in the EU itself, but anyone who offers good or services to European Union citizens. Anyone who holds any amount of data on any individual in the EU must to comply with the strict new rules.
"But what about Brexit? What effect
will that have?"
Brexit will not stop GDPR in the United Kingdom as, at the time it comes into force, we'll still be negotiating our withdrawal. As UK citizens are currently EU citizens your organisation needs to comply even if your customers are all UK based.
Any information related to an EU citizen, or ‘data subject’, that can be used to directly or indirectly identify the person is covered under GDPR. It can be anything from a name, a photo, an email address, bank details, posts on social networking websites, medical information, or even a computer's IP address.
Businesses can be fined up to 4% of their annual global turnover to a maximum of €20 Million. That's a huge amount of money and shows the conviction the European Union has to protecting its citizen's data. Fall foul of these regulations, and you'll pay heavily.
Every organisation is built on people and processes, and ultimately it is responsible for the actions of its staff and the effectiveness of the processes that define how personal information is protected.
Most data breaches are the result of stolen or lost equipment, hard drives or documents. Repeated errors, such as sending information to the wrong recipients due to incorrect email addresses are also quite common, as are cyberattacks.
You should make sure that decision-makers and key people in your organisation are aware that UK data protection laws are changing to GDPR. They need to appreciate the impact this is likely to have and must start planning for its implementation as soon as possible.
At CMC IT, we're already helping our customers to prepare for GDPR. We have a highly skilled team of consultants and engineers capable of testing system encryption and defences for vulnerabilities and advise on appropriate measures to ensure you can protect your data.
"Would you like to know more?"
It's vital that you start planning now to ensure your business is working towards compliance with GDPR ready for May 2018. Call me on 01908 272722 or click here to ping over an email and let's talk about how CMC IT can help you.
Until next time ...
Sales Director at CMC IT, Jeremy has had a successful career in the technology sector having worked for manufacturers such as Wacom and spending time as a business strategist specialising in the implementation of technology throughout organisations.
Knowledgeable, highly focused, but also friendly and engaging, clients find it easy to talk to Jeremy who will always propose the best technical solution for their exact needs and always at the right price.