What You Need To Know About GDPR
WHAT IS IT?
The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is a set of guidelines, following on from the UK Data Protection ACT 1998. It gives your customers more of a say in how you use their data. The data protection rules will apply to all businesses based in the EU and/or doing business in the EU. You will have to comply with the new regulations if you collect any personal data from EU citizens. These new regulations are much tougher, introducing fines for companies not complying. The GDPR has been created to help improve trust in the emerging digital economy.
WHEN DOES IT COME INTO EFFECT?
25th May 2018. You have until this date to become compliant.
WILL I GET INTO TROUBLE IF I DON'T BECOME COMPLIANT?
Yes, if caught the ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office) can fine you up to 2% of your annual turnover or €10 million, whichever one is greater.
IF YOUR DATA IS BREACHED
If you are unfortunate enough to experience a data breach of your customers' information you have 72 hours to inform the ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office) and your customers. Failure to do this will result in a heavy fine.
DOES MY WEBSITE NEED TO CHANGE?
Yes, at the very least you will need to become more transparent to your customers on how you store and use their information.
DOES MY MARKETING ACTIVITIES NEED TO CHANGE?
Yes, these rules have now been heavily tightened under GDPR. There are strict rules on how you can use customers information.
WE ARE COMING OUT OF THE EU, DOES IT MATTER?
Yes, we are still inside the EU and even in the transition period, you are still required to comply. We also expect this ruling to be adopted by the UK after Brexit.
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?
If you are comfortable with managing your own GDPR Compliancy then say no more, we trust you have it handled.
CAN PEBBLE MAKE MY WEBSITE GDPR COMPLIANT?
Yes we can, call us on 01733 902070 and ask to speak to us about GDPR compliancy. We can go over what needs to happen.
I HAVE QUESTIONS!
There are lots of resources available including: