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GDPR – 1 month to go!

There’s now only 1 month left until the new Data Protection Regulations come into force (May 25th). All organisations should be making sure they are at least meeting the minimum requirements to achieve compliance. And with fines for breaches potentially being as high as 4% of annual global turnover, it’s important for companies to try and hit that deadline.

What should you prioritise?

  • Make sure staff are educated on GDPR, Cyber Security & Data Protection.
  • Do you have all the appropriate cyber security measures in place?
  • Look at what personal information you hold – Where did it come from? Have you got permission to use it? Who do you share it with? Do you still need to hold it? And have you stored it securely?
  • Review your current privacy notices and make any necessary changes before GDPR.
  • Citizens will be able to request to see what information you hold on them, and request for it to be deleted. You’ll want to check your procedures to ensure they cover all the rights individuals have, including how you would delete personal data or provide the data electronically in a commonly used format if requested.
  • Review how you find, collect, store and manage consent and whether you need to make any changes. You may need to refresh existing consents now if they don’t meet GDPR standards. For example, if you have a marketing mailing list – did the way you gather that data meet GDPR standards? If not you will want to get consent/permission to keep contacting everyone on your list.
  • Make sure you have the right procedures in place to detect, report and investigate a personal data breach (companies will have 72 hours to inform regulators that a cyber attack or data breach has taken place).
  • If you hold data on children, you may need to put systems in place to verify individuals ages and obtain parental or guardian consent for any data processing.

 

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If you have any concerns about your GDPR compliance, it’s not too late for a GDPR audit or assessment. For more information, you can speak to one of our experts on 01332 362 481 or hello@xuper.co.uk

 

Research for this article came from the ICO’s ’12 steps to take now’ – https://ico.org.uk/media/1624219/preparing-for-the-gdpr-12-steps.pdf