General Data Protection Regulation has been designed to protect individuals’ rights to their personal data. As of 25th May 2018, any UK business that stores personal data, from names, locations and IP addresses to special categories including race and religion, will be expected to demonstrate compliance to GDPR.
These regulations will apply to all EU organisations, and will remain enforced when the UK leaves the union. Furthermore, if your organisation operates outside the EU but offers goods and services to EU residents or processes their personal data, it too will be subject to GDPR guidelines.
Is your business ready for GDPR? To ensure this, you must be able to demonstrate lawful basis to process personal data. Your approach to processing this sensitive information must function in accordance with the six key data protection principles, which are:
- Data is processed lawfully, fairly and transparently
- It is collected for legitimate reasons
- All data is relevant and limited to what is necessary
- Must be kept accurate and up-to-date
- Information is stored for no longer than what is necessary
- You must have appropriate security, integrity and confidentiality measures in place
Without a process that demonstrates these data protection principles, particularly in relation to transparency, security and accountability, your business stands at risk of fines up to €20 million, or 4% of annual turnover (whichever is higher), as well as the loss of trust among your customers. In addition, you miss out on the benefits GDPR compliance offers your business in protecting key information, enhance the data you store and grow your reputation among new and existing customers.
That’s where Method’s expert IT consultancy can support you. Our team have been through this process, so we can offer a comprehensive summary of GDPR and what your business will require to ensure compliance. We are certified to guide you through all data protection changes, and have completed this for businesses across Essex, London and the South East.
We’ve been in your shoes, so are in the best position to go beyond a technical tool or product, and introduce total GDPR compliance solutions to your business. With the support of our specialists, we’ll ensure you meet all standards for data protection processing, as well as provide a range of products and services to actively defend against personal data breaches.