GDPR – what is it? How does it affect your business?

GDPR

What is GDPR anyway and why the fuss? Well, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a new EU regulation aimed at helping to strengthen data protection for EU citizens and residents both within the EU and the wider world. Basically, it says to businesses and other organisations “you better make sure you look after the personal data of all EU citizens or there will be trouble!”

If your business collects and processes personal data you will be required to comply with the new regulations and this extends to websites, apps, databases, email mailing lists, CRM systems etc, etc. Now you will no doubt have a general Privacy & Cookies Policy on your website (which is where we come in) so we are in the process of contacting all of our clients to inform them of these changes and what they need to do to comply with the new regulations. Where we aren’t GDPR experts (and certainly aren’t claiming to be!) we can follow the rules provided by the EU on this about what new or amended information needs to be stated in your Privacy Policy on your website when it comes to collecting/storing/processing personal data – whether it’s to join a mailing list, purchase products/services online or submit an enquiry form.

The GDPR comes into effect on the 25th May 2o18.

For more information visit: https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/guide-to-the-general-data-protection-regulation-gdpr/