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What is the GDPR?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is now in force and your business must be compliant.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is now in force and your business must be compliant. Find out everything your business needs to know about GDPR in our free downloadable guide.

On 25th May 2018, the world of personal data changed. Very dramatically. A new law – the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – was implemented to help businesses keep their customers’ data safe. GDPR is a huge deal, and it’s important that companies large and small address it now (like, seriously, RIGHT NOW!) to ensure you are following the new law.

Let’s get the ball rolling – watch this short video to find out what you need to know….

Why has the law changed?

The Data Protection Act (DPA) was introduced in 1998. But the way we use data has evolved rapidly since then. Nowadays, the average adult spends 20 hours per week online – whether that’s watching videos on YouTube, keeping up with friends on Facebook, or even shopping, dating or banking. And, currently, companies are able to collect and use customers’ personal data from these online activities. The DPA came in when the internet was a sparkly new toy; to keep data safe in our ‘always on’ world of sharing and cybercrime, the law has to change.

What does GDPR mean for businesses?

Businesses large and small will need to fully rework their data policies and procedures to comply with GDPR. Basically, customers will now be able to insist that their data is not used, so data strategies need to adapt to this. Here are some of the main requirements of the new law:

  • You must prove that any personal data you hold is essential to your business.
  • You have to highlight clear policies and procedures for protecting customers’ data.
  • You need to show that you have gained consent for data held and that you uphold customers’ rights when it comes to accessing their data and objecting to its use.

Do I have to take action on GDPR?

Yes, GDPR is compulsory and you have to take action. Businesses that do not comply could face fines of up to 4% of their annual turnover! GDPR is a complex law and requires a lot of paperwork to be filled out, so it really is best to do something about this now. To help you get started, the ICO has produced a GDPR self-assessment checklist for small and medium sized businesses to assess compliance with data protection law and find out what you need to do to make sure you are keeping people’s personal data secure.

GDPR is huge and it’s here to stay. You shouldn’t need to go it alone. The good news is that as experts in all things IT and data security, Dragon IS can hold your hand through the entire process of getting GDPR ready. We’ll help you get all your policies and procedures in order and take you through all those fiddly bits of red tape.

Your FREE Guide to GDPR

To make sure you don’t fall foul of the new law, we’ve put together a handy guide that explains GDPR in a nutshell.  From personal data to cookie policies, you’ll be able to find out everything that you need to know about GDPR in one quick tea break.

Simply download your Dragon IS Insight Guide to GDPR for free and get yourself up to speed with GDPR today.

GDPR Insight

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