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GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation, which came into effect in the UK from May 2018 (and Brexit will have no effect on this) it replaced the existing UK Data Protection Act 1998.

GDPR has changed the way all UK companies store and manage their business and personal data including employee data with the intent of strengthening and unifying data protection for all individuals. It gives people more control over how their personal data is used, and it provides businesses with a simpler, clearer legal environment in which to operate.

The Information Commissioners office (ICO) now has the ability to issue much larger fines for data breaches and non-compliance than under the DPA which is spurring many companies into action. But we believe GDPR should be seen as a great opportunity to get your organisations data and processes in order by following best practice.


Complying with GDPR

Organisations need to start by understanding their own data – what data they have, how they are storing it, how they use the data, and why they are keeping it and in turn carry out a risk assessment on that data. Data includes information you hold about your staff, your clients or service users and potentially, data that you might store on behalf of clients through services that you provide to them. Once this review is complete, you should update your internal information security policies to ensure you are taking appropriate steps to protect the information, and are using it in a way that wouldn’t be a surprise to the individuals concerned.

It is important to remember however, that GDPR is not just about making sure you’re only storing information legitimately, it’s also about ensuring that data you hold is properly protected. The ICO is unlikely to be issuing fines to SMEs that have sent an email to someone that believes they have opted out of a mailing list, but they are issuing fines to organisations that lose data in a data breach.

GDPR compliance should be considered in the context of IT security and Cyber Essentials. Our experts are on hand to help you understand the practical steps you should take to ensure you are well protected.

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