The General Data Protection Regulation will come into effect as of May 2018. This applies to every business within the EU, including the UK despite Brexit.
The aim is to protect all businesses from privacy and data breaches and to reshape the way organisations approach data privacy. Otherwise there are high stakes for those that don’t follow the regulation, such as fines of £20m or 4% of your annual turnover – whichever is greater.
From a personal perspective, the new regulation will ensure individuals’ control over all their personal data and extra security and controls to protect data. From a business perspective, it means more accountability of what we do with other people’s data, how we use it, interact with it and store it.
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has committed itself to assisting businesses and public bodies to prepare to meet the requirements of the GDPR ahead of May 2018 and beyond. The ICO will also be your first port of call if your business does get hacked – you must notify them within 72 hours.
At T-Tech, we see the GDPR as an opportunity to govern any data in the best and most efficient way possible. We will run a full infrastructure audit on your systems, which will tell you of the changes that should be made for your business to stay compliant. Once you have this information, we will implement the necessary applications, in line with the new regulations.