General Data Protection Regulation

Businesses Warned They’ll Need to Adhere to GDPR Regardless of Brexit

Businesses Warned They’ll Need to Adhere to GDPR Regardless of Brexit

UK businesses are being warned they still need to adhere to the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), despite the fact the UK is set to leave the European Union. According to a survey by Webroot, there is a strong level of misunderstanding among small business owners as to whether the EU-wide legislation, which covers how large businesses hold and store consumer data, will hold any weight in a post-Brexit Britain. Indeed, 43% of businesses admitted they were uncertain whether or not they would have to remain compliant to GDPR after Brexit – with 6% adamant they wouldn’t. Coming into effect on 25 May 2018, the new legislation will, among other things, require firms with more than 250 staff members to hire a data protection officer. However, firms that hold the data of EU citizens w... »

20% Of Firms Believe GDPR Non-Compliance Will Force Them Out Of Business

20% Of Firms Believe GDPR Non-Compliance Will Force Them Out Of Business

20% of businesses believe that the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will be so severe it could potentially force them to close their doors, according to a report by Veritas Technologies. The global study revealed that 86% of worldwide enterprises are concerned that GDPR will negatively impact their business, as businesses guilty of non-compliance could face fines of up to €20m or 4% of turnover. Worryingly, 47% of those surveyed admit their company still isn’t ready for GDPR, which comes into effect on the 25 May 2018. Among new regulations include stricter rules on consumer consent and protecting against cyber-attacks, while firms with more than 250 staff will be legally required to hire a data protection officer. General Data Protection Regulation: How to Prepare Mike Palmer... »

General Data Protection Regulation: How to Prepare

General Data Protection Regulation: How to Prepare

For UK businesses of all sizes, protecting personal data, both physically and electronically, has never been more important. The data protection landscape has changed rapidly in recent years and is heading for its biggest shake up in some time with the incoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The GDPR outlines how the data of any EU citizen must be handled, wherever in the world the company in possession of this data operates, making it a truly global piece of legislation. It comes into force on 25 May 2018. The requirements stipulated in the new legislation range from stricter rules around securing consent for the use of personal information to, in some cases, the introduction of a designated data protection officer within the workplace. With just over a year to get ready, comp... »

Small Business Data Protection Compliance: 3 Common Mistakes

Small Business Data Protection Compliance: 3 Common Mistakes

Data protection is a serious consideration for small businesses, but many businesses fail to seriously consider it as they’re busy selling to, and servicing clients. In my experience, I’ve come across situations where clients will keep thousands of documents in absolute disarray: no referencing system, no segmentation, no clear thought process beyond: “I need to store this piece of paper somewhere, and this box has room.” Often, they won’t have any idea what records they need to keep or destroy – or indeed, how to keep or destroy them. If it were merely disorganised, it might be understandable – but failing to properly store, organise, and secure documents can have severe consequences. A repeated failure to keep records in order can, for example, lead to penalties of up to £3,000 from HMRC... »