Countdown to GDPR Compliance
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect on the 25th of May 2018.
Being an IT service provider, it is important for us to ensure that our clients are aware of the introduction of this legislation and that we can be engaged to assist with compliance planning particularly from the components of the GDPR legislation relating to Information Technology and Data Security. The introduction of this legislation is not solely a responsibility that lies with the IT team, rather it is an opportunity that all departments should and must get involved with.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the EU’s binding legislation for the protection of personal data. The regulation has been driven by the need to tackle inconsistencies in the data security landscape throughout Europe by facilitating the secure, free-flow of data between member states while bringing the law up-to-date with rapid developments in technology.
Global Cyber attacks have increased in frequency, sophistication and scale in recent years. It is vital that organisations across all sectors recognise the need to protect the data rights of citizens, and in the event of a data breach, their privacy. The GDPR puts control back in the hands of citizens and introduces strict fines to ensure that all organisations in the EU and beyond take data protection seriously.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect on the 25th of May 2018. Some people may ask about Brexit but GDPR applies to any business working within the EU or with the data of EU citizens. The UK government has stated that compliance is to be good business practice.
Data is likely to be held across many physical and virtual locations throughout your organisation and there may be specific requirements to consider for all sectors but in particular Public Sector, Not-for-profit, Hospitality and Leisure, PR & Marketing and Retail businesses require to ensure compliancy as these are often organisations who hold personal data sometimes as simple as contact names and addresses.
To discuss how GDPR will have an impact within your industry sector and your organisation in particular both from an internal compliance aspect but also in terms of data security and protection then contact us to schedule a planning meeting and audit.