GDPR For Dummies

GDPR. You might have heard these magic four letters banded about online, in the office or in the newspaper. But if you’re not an IT whizz or data protection just isn’t at the forefront of your daily life, what does it mean?

Well, if there’s one thing we all need to embrace in 2018 its GDPR. Or finding out how to Get Data Protection Ready. Need to find out more? Here’s the GDPR Advisory Board’s simple, no nonsense guide:

WHAT’S GDPR?

GDPR stands for the General Data Protection Regulation. Quite simply, it’s a new, updated data protection law enabling consumers to take back control of who uses their personal information and when. For those with businesses you’ll need to make sure your data is managed correctly and comply else you face heavy penalties.

WHEN DOES IT COME INTO FORCE?

25th May 2018 for anyone handling personal data of EU citizens, anywhere in the world. And something to note - although it’s legislation that has been driven by the EU, the British government has confirmed it plans to transfer the new laws to the UK despite Brexit, so you’ll still need to comply. May isn’t far away – if you haven’t already, you need to start preparing.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I DON’T COMPLY?

Ok, here’s what you need to know. If you’re running an organisation and don’t comply, you’ll face potential fines of up to 4% of global annual turnover or up to €20 million, whichever is greater. But more importantly (and something particularly relevant for smaller businesses as well as corporates), customers do care about how you handle their data - and they expect you to respect this. It’s just as important to show you embrace the culture of GDPR as it is to be complying ‘because you have to’. 

WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE?

The ICO governs GDPR compliance and have produced a 12 step guide as to the steps you need to take to comply.

Once you’ve digested advice from the ICO try the GDPR Advisory Board - an easily-accessible, no-nonsense platform for anyone baffled by the implications of GDPR. For straight talking advice from a team of academic, legal and training experts visit www.gdpr-board.co.uk or simply e-mail info@advisoryboard.co.uk 

Get in touch if you’d like to know more.

IS THERE ANY TRAINING I CAN DO?

There are plenty of options but you might like to try www.melearning.co.uk/gdpr. Me Learning has worked with specialist data privacy lawyers, Clayden Law, to develop a series of digital training courses around GDPR. The courses come in bite sized modules and cover key legal aspects that you’ll need to know in order to comply.

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