GDPR Overview

What exactly do the new regulations mean for your business? Go to our GDPR site

What is GDPR?   

Becoming GDPR compliant should be high on your priority list. GDPR is the new General Data Protection Regulation. It came into law on 25th May 2018 and affects every business in the EU.  

For consumers it’s good news as we all deserve a level of choice about what personal data companies keep about us and how they use it. However, for business owners GDPR marks a colossal shift and requires a complete overhaul of data policies and systems. 

It is essential that IT Systems are secure, data is encrypted and clients are aware of the data you hold on them and the way you monitor them.

It affects the way businesses use personal data in the following ways:

Collecting personal data

Collecting personal data

Both B2B and B2C – via forms, cookies, analytics, marketing lists, social media, paper trails…
Storing data

Storing personal data

Encryption is key. All data must be encrytped at point of collection, transfer and storage. No excuses.
Gaining consent

Using data - consent

Seeking, recording and managing consent has changed. An effective audit trail is mandatory to becoming GDPR compliant.
Pre GDPR data

Data definition

It’s not just about marketing lists. GDPR covers all individuals – employees, suppliers, creditors, debtors….

Non-compliance can end up in big fines, and ignorance is no excuse as the ICO regulations have been circulating for some time. The financial penalties are up to €20 million or 4% of your annual global turnover, whichever is highest. The ICO can also force you to destroy data and can be hugely destructive to your reputation. Become GDPR compliant today. 

Ragnar: Our GDPR Practitioner

Ragnar is the Director of Hero IT Support and has been for over a decade after graduating The University of Sussex with a BSc in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence. Ragnar originally set up the company as Fitsystems Ltd and rebranded to Hero IT Support in September 2017. To see why he rebranded the company, click here.

Over the years, Ragnar has developed an expertise in software development, data security and encryption. He is also an active public speaker and business technology partner alongside being a GDPR practitioner, which helps our existing customers feel safe and compliant when it comes to data and IT.

Ragnar’s mission for Hero IT Support is to continuously improve and optimise businesses with the latest and leading technology. He aims to for us to become technology partners to every customer. His passion for technology means reducing downtime and saving money for our customers is a priority. To find out more about who we are and what we do, read about us.

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