The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) takes affect on 25th May 2018 and applies to businesses across the EU.

This includes the UK, at least for now. Even after Brexit, the regulation will remain in force, so there is no escaping it. The regulation been four years in the making, and it will supersede the Data Protection Act (DPA) of 1998. Given the way the information and data landscape has changed over the past 20 years, few would argue that an update is long overdue.

Why the GDPR

Given the sheer volume of data that businesses hold these days, the main rationale behind GDPR implementation is to give individuals a greater level of control over their personal information, how it’s stored, accessed and used. The logic behind it is unquestionable, and from a personal perspective, the GDPR protects every one of us.

However, as business owners and managers, we might be less enthusiastic about the societal benefits of the GDPR and are more worried about ensuring our businesses comply.

Compliance is mandatory

There have already been plenty of scare stories about the multi million pound fines and penalties that companies could face if they are in breach. Whether these will turn out to be true has yet to be seen, but one thing is for certain – nobody wants their business to be the test case.

So what are the rules, and how can you ensure you comply?

GDPR rules

In essence, the GDPR places a stronger burden than ever on businesses and how they obtain, manage, store and use personal data. Specifically, it states that the data must be processed lawfully, transparently, and for a specific purpose. It goes on to say that once the data has been used to fulfil its agreed purpose, it must be deleted.

Of course, the above terms are somewhat vague, and open to different interpretations, which is why expert advice is essential for any business.

Ensuring compliance

At PDQ, we have consultants who are experts in delivering GDPR training to ensure your employees are fully aware of their obligations under the new Regulation. We can also perform a full review of your systems, along with a gap analysis to provide GDPR solutions as needed.

If the thought of GDPR has been nagging away at the back of your mind like a toothache, now’s the time to take action. Contact us to ensure your business is GDPR compliant before the clock stops ticking.

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