GDPR what is it all about?
Many companies might feel a little intimidated at the thought of getting prepared for GDPR but in reality there is nothing to worry about because GDPR is simply just a way to help protect data!
As our customers give us their information it is important that we keep it safe and private and the GDPR regulations ensure that this happens. Problems and issues can arise when businesses decide to use their consumers data to their advantage by doing things such as: Selling email lists, or sending out weekly emails to these email address that the receiver didn’t necessarily ask for. This then increases the risk of information getting into the wrong hands.
Therefore as of the 25th of May 2018, the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will be put into place to protect information and to stop it from being misused.
GDPR Rules and Regulations
GDPR requires businesses to have an effective process put in place to make sure any documents with personal information on is stored securely. This is following the 1st of the three rights that has been put in place which has been created to police how data is collected.
The second action that needs to be taken is ensuring that the destruction of confidential information is carried out efficiently in due time, this is the right that is referring to the deletion of personal data if requested.
The right to data portability is the 3rd action that needs to be taken and involves only processing information based on the individual’s consent, so consent from the owner of the information must be given to process their personal data.
Why it is important
Getting prepared for the new GDPR rules and regulations is important, so that it isn’t just a mad rush in the office to get everything sorted the day before.
Therefore getting your employees and anyone handling data trained up before hand on these new rules and regulations is important as it will ensure everyone is on the same page and will help to avoid any issues.
1: Destroy any data that you don’t need
2: Make sure your customers have an option to opt in and opt out of marketing emails
3. Check your current systems and processes to see if you are potentially breaching confidentiality
4. Ensure your staff are aware and trained up on the new rules and regulations