Spotlight: Are You Ready For GDPR?
At SilverDisc we have been busy taking steps to ensure that our clients’ websites are GDPR-compliant. Are you aware of GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) and the changes you may need to implement within your business in time for the new legislation coming into effect?
What Is It?
GDPR requires businesses to protect the personal data of EU citizens, and it aims to give the general public more control over their privacy. Any company that collects data on citizens in EU countries will need to comply with the regulations by 25th May 2018.
What Does It Require?
The new regulations stipulate that companies must ask for consent before using someone’s personal information – and the definition of personal information in this instance is very broad. Companies must also have an auditable trail to keep track of the data they gather, and people have the right to ask what data a company holds on them, and for any data on them to be removed from a company’s records.
Data must be stored safely, and organisations must notify the local data protection authority of a data breach. Some organisations will also need to appoint a data protection officer to oversee GDPR compliance.
What are the Consequences of Non-compliance?
Failure to comply with GDPR could lead to penalties of up to €20 million or 4% of your global annual turnover, whichever is greater - so it's essential that businesses understand their responsibilities under these new laws.
This is a very broad overview of GDPR, and there is much more to know about it than we're able to fit in this newsletter! Find out more about GDPR here.
Our website and marketing clients will soon receive further information regarding GDPR in relation to their own websites. If you are not currently a SilverDisc client but you are in the market for a new website that’s built with data protection and cyber security in mind, get in touch to find out how we can help you.