The impact of GDPR Law, Compliance & Checklist

on Thursday, 09 November 2017.

The General Data Protection Regulations or GDPR for short coming into force in May 2018, the legislation governs how businesses use, store and protect data. There has always been legislation to control data usage however the new regulation is far more comprehensive and been updated to incorporate modern technology.

All European businesses will need to be compliant, despite the exit from Europe businesses in the United Kingdom will still need to comply with the regulations.

You should be very careful about taking advice regarding GDPR from anyone other than trained and qualified individuals who fully understand all the implications. Lots of people of made their own interpretations of the legislation but you need to listen to the people who can provide professional legal advice. The legislation is extremely far-reaching and complex, additionally the fines are substantial.

One of the areas in business that will likely be hit hardest is marketing, all businesses collect data on customers and prospects, if the data isn’t treated with respect you can quickly find yourself on the wrong side of the law. One of the key elements is ensuring that people have explicitly opted in to marketing, also they must be told what they will receive and from which brand.

There’s always been best practices and legislation around the use of data but as technology advances it has become more important to ensure the protection of peoples data, this new legislation addresses issues around controlling data in the digital age.

The Information Commissioner’s Office have extensive information on the new regulations and an excellent checklist that is well worth a read. 

You can find extensive information on GDPR on the ICO’s website https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/data-protection-reform/overview-of-the-gdpr/

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