What is the GDPR?

The general data protection regulations are a new set of laws that will come into force on May 25th this year. The law is an update on the traditional data protection act.

It is in regard to how data is handled by companies across the UK and the EU. Although it was part of EU law, it has since been moved over into British law and it looks like it’s here to stay.

Accords the country businesses have been preparing for the change as the rules and relegations are set to tighter and more stringent.

How can you help prepare your business?

  1. See how you’re collecting data online

That’s right – a website is huge data collection tool for so many businesses and it Is the most important place to start. A good way to start this process is to map out all the different processes that collect data on your site. Within your company and outside of it.

  1. What data do you have?

Look at what data you have – is it relevant to your customers and where are they from. If you can break data down so you know which countries, they come from you can prepare to hand out information to any users wanting their information.

  1. Clarify your website terms of use

Making the privacy policy clearer will ensure your customers are aware of how you are collecting their data. Ensuring customers are fully in the know-how is good for GDPR as it means you aren’t using underhand tactics to obtain information.

  1. Create a response plan

The new GDPR states that the authorities must be informed within 72 hours of a data breach, leak or loss.  Having an action plan in place in case anything goes wrong is a great idea. How will you inform the authorities? How will you inform customers? what’s the plan to rebuild customer trust?

  1. Swot up

The GDPR has a huge impact on many areas of different industries. The best advice is to read up as much as possible from reliable sources.