GDPR – it’s taken over four years of planning and negotiations and in May, there’s a big change coming! Well, in theory anyway. If you’re like the majority and you’ve put GDPR on the back burner, it’s not too late – but you’ll have to act fast.
Data protection laws throughout Europe are receiving an overhaul; the likes of which haven’t been seen for two decades. The European Parliament and European Council finally agreed on the new legislation two years ago, and since then businesses and public organisations have been preparing for the changes.
We already have data protection laws…. why do we need more?
Yes, we do, but things have changed a lot since the last laws were passed. Let’s face it, it’s hard to imagine, but back 1998 there was no such thing as smartphones… the world is a very different place now!
Is my business going to be affected by GDPR?
Yep. All organisations that collect data – even just a name and number – will have to comply with the GDPR.
What kind of data does it cover?
The regulation encompasses both basic personal data (names, addresses, dates of birth etc.) and sensitive data (sexual orientation, genetics, religion etc). True, this information has already been covered under the previous data protection laws, but one big change is that anonymous data is also included now.
Will there be a UK specific version?
Sort of. There has been some flexibility in terms of how individual countries choose to implement the GDPR, but they all have to adhere to the overall principles.
What’s the nitty gritty?
The full GDPR paper contains 99 articles which all set out the rights of individuals and the obligations of organisations. Trust us, you don’t want to read them! In a nutshell… take a look at the main things you need to be aware of in this straightforward and to-the-point guide.
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