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With just over three months until the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) law comes into force, now is the time more than ever to think about how compliant you are.
Capital Network Solutions goes through what GDPR is and provides a handy checklist to help you check and prepare for GDPR.
Before you dive right into seeing what documents you have and locking it all up, it is first good to get an understanding of what the new law is
In short, GDPR is a new EU directive on how businesses that operate within the EU store, collect and protect personal data, meaning any information that can be used to identify an individual, either directly or indirectly.
The law will come into effect on 25th May 2018, at which point there will also be a replacement Data Protection Act (DPA). While the two laws are similar when it comes to concepts and principle, the execution of the two are different and failure to comply to GDPR can result in fines of up to €20million or 4% of the worldwide annual income.
There are many differences between the GDPR and DPA, with the main difference being GDPR regulations are a lot stricter in comparison to DPA, and individuals have more say over their personal information.
Below are a few of the main differences:
According to ICO, these are the 12 steps you need to take now in order to prepare for GDPR (full information of the checklist can be found here):
All of this may seem daunting, especially if you are not computer or tech savvy. I am sure the stress of the heavy fine doesn’t put you at ease either, however a simple solution to this is to consult in an external IT company who are specialists in GDPR, such as Capital Network Solutions.
All CNS staff members are EU GDPR Foundation qualified, having undertaken GDPR training and passing a rigorous exam in early 2017.
The training and certification will allows CNS to confidently deliver expert advice and services to you. They can help ensure that your business is GDPR compliant through many services such as audits to check what information you have stored; gap analysis to identify current risks and areas of non-compliance with a detailed remediation plan; training for your employees, and consultancy for further security and compliance.