Batten down the hatches and take cover, a new terrifying alien regulation is coming for businesses… and it’s going to affect you!
Giant Dramatic Parrot Riot… or something like that, right?
If you are still at a point where even the acronym is unfamiliar to you then you have a way to go until you are ready for GDPR! The General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, will replace the Data Protection Act 1998. The aim is to give individuals more control over their personal data and how organisations use it. It applies to data processing carried out by organisations operating in the EU or offering services to EU-dwelling individuals. It is coming into action in May 2018 and the remaining time will undoubtedly fly by; the moment to act is now!
Don’t make me think about it! There is too much to do! I’m panicking!
The key is simply just to start. One of the first things you can do is look through your online and physical documents and note down where data covered by the GDPR is stored.
The GDPR applies to:
- Personal data: any information relating to a person which can identify that person, such as name, email address, address, etc.
- Special categories of personal data: also known as sensitive personal data. This includes a person’s medical history, their biometric data, etc.
If you need a helping hand to track down all the personal data you have stored, contact us now and we can help you to uncover it all!
The second thing you can do is to establish your role within the GDPR. The new regulations apply to two groups of people: the data controllers and the data processors. Controllers decide why and how personal data is processed. Processors work on behalf of the controller to process the data. Both positions have a legal obligation to protect any personal data they have collected or stored. There are weighty penalties to those who fail to comply with the rules.
If you are still feeling overwhelmed by the GDPR, there are many fantastic people out there that can help you. Koffee Klatch provides GDPR support for Virtual Assistants, Trainers and Entrepreneurs who wish to grow their business. Visit their website here to find out more information.
Pretty much up to speed with GDPR but there are still some things I’m not sure on…
Great- so you have grasped the nitty gritty of the GDPR. Now it’s time for the finer detail. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) website offers all the information on GDPR that you could ever need! From the principles behind the regulations, to the lawful basis for processing personal data, to an individual’s right; the ICO has it covered! What are you waiting for? Go and check it out.
Ready to go!
The GDPR is coming, and YOU ARE READY!