New Data Protection Rules are Coming – Is your Business Prepared?

New Data Protection Rules are Coming – Is your Business Prepared?

The Telegraph has recently published an article in regards to the current Data Protection Act being replaced by the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), in May 2018.

The GDPR brings many new rules in regards to the storage and handling of personal data and very tough punishments for those who fail to comply.

Based on how easy it is to now collect data thousands of SMEs store, move and access data on a day to day basis. Personal data is constantly used within companies for sales, marketing and CRMs.

One of the biggest changes that will affect SMEs is consent as under the new regulations companies must keep a record of how and when an individual gave their consent to store and use their personal data. Consent will need to come from an agreement and the company will have to be able to show a clear audit trail of how and when the consent was given.

If the individual withdraws this consent, it will not just be a case of removing them from a list, their details must be permanently deleted. The new ruling gives individuals the right to be totally forgotten.

For a lot of companies new procedures will need to be put in place in order to be compliant come May 2018. They will need to know where their data is stored and have a clear process in place for removal of this data in order to avoid a breach.

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