What does GDPR compliance mean?

Posted by Kevin Brevitt

Recent government statistics have found nearly half of UK organisations suffered a cyber-attack or cyber breach within the last 12 months. It comes as no surprise that organisations are being urged to protect themselves against cyber-crime.

What does ‘GDPR’ mean?

All organisations will have to make sure they are compliant with new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) from May 2018. Jonathan Bamford, head of parliamentary and government affairs at ICO noted that the uncertainty of Brexit might have caused some to “take their foot off the gas” – but UK organisations cannot afford to lose the public’s trust in their ability to safeguard personal data.

What can businesses do to prepare?

The Information Commissioner’s Office has stressed that businesses should be making plans to be compliant now, ahead of the upcoming changes. Organisations that fail to be compliant with the new rules are liable for major fines, reputational damage and even a halt of business operations. The government has signalled its intention to fully implement GDPR even in the wake of Brexit, meaning businesses will be liable to fines if they are not compliant by May 2018.

How can I find out more?

The Information Commissioners Office has prepared a 12 steps to take now guide – https://ico.org.uk/media/1624219/preparing-for-the-gdpr-12-steps.pdf

If you any questions surrounding this or would like to know how it may affect you please contact Kevin Brevitt on 01922 611567 or kevin.brevitt@baldwinandco.co.uk

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