Robust GDPR policies are vital, GDPR improves the protection of peoples’ data rights and clarifies what companies that process personal data must do to safeguard these rights.
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is an EU data privacy law introduced in May 2018. Its purpose is to provide individuals with greater control over how their data is collected, used and protected online. GDPR means companies have to adhere to strict rules regarding the use and securing of personal data collected from people. This includes the compulsory use of technical safeguards such as encryption and higher legal thresholds to justify the collection of data. Companies that fail to comply can face extremely high fines
GDPR applies to any business that collects, processes, stores and uses the personal data of EU citizens or residents, or that offer goods or services to such people. This covers all business sectors from accountancy to marketing and retail to hospitality, in fact, any industry you can think of.
Since leaving the EU, UK companies have to abide by the new UK GDPR regime. In essence, this is almost identical to EU GDPR law, so nothing changes.
Being proactive is important in all aspects of business, but especially when it comes to GDPR because the cost implications of reacting to a data breach are so severe they could close a business down.
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