GDPR is the new General Data Protection Regulation. It comes 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
Storing personal data
Using data - consent
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.
Ragnar: Our GDPR Practitioner
Ragnar is the Director of Hero IT Support and has been for over 10 years 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.
What about Brexit?
You may be wondering if it’s worth putting your organisation through the GDPR mill if Brexit’s going to change everything.
Our advice? For now, forget about Brexit.
What matters now is becoming compliant with GDPR legislation by May 25th, 2018 to avoid non-compliance and fines.
The GDPR does not just apply to businesses within the European Union. It applies to any organisation that controls or processes EU data, wherever they are in the World.
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