Have you got GDPR covered?

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GDPR = General Data Protection Regulations.

The new regulations came into force in May 2018 so pre-existing businesses should have this issue covered by now.

But what if you created your business since then?

Did you know that non-compliance runs the risk of incurring financial penalties?

I found that reading the article at the following link was useful.

When I did, two questions came to mind:

  • how might GDPR affect any business or organisation, big or small?
  • what practical steps might help a business/organisation comply with the regulations?

Read more: What is GDPR for Small Businesses?

 

How might GDPR affect your business or organisation?

Four things come to mind.

1) Data storage

Encryption of computer equipment used to store stakeholder data.

Backing up of stakeholder data.

2) Communications

Encryption of communications with stakeholders.

3) Consent

Explicit consent form stakeholders for the data to be collected, for how long it will be stored and for what purpose it will be used.

4) Contracts

Reference to GDPR in contracts with stakeholders (especially customers and suppliers), for example, Terms of Service and Service Level Agreements.

 

What practical steps might you take to comply?

You may be able to identify more depending upon the nature of your business.

1) Audit of data storage, communications, process of gaining consent from stakeholders and contracts with stakeholders (any Terms of Service which exist).

2) Focus on interactions with stakeholders - example, draw up a flow chart to identify who, what, when, where, how.

3) Identify the minimum amount of data that needs to be collected and stored for each group of stakeholders to ensure service levels can be maintained.

4) Draw up a plan of action to implement changes to ensure compliance with GDPR.

 

Further Advice

There is lots of useful advice out there, so do read around.

We found the advice offered by FreeAgent at the following link useful.

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