The team at Pure Gloucester recently held an informal discussion on GDPR to give other businesses at Pure Offices an insight into what GDPR means, how it will affect their business and how to get ready for the new regulations which come into force in May.
“The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) is one area of law that is likely to interact with most if not all UK and EU businesses. With the risk of increased sanctions for breach, we at Tayntons Solicitors are working to raise awareness of the key concerns and implications of GDPR to ensure that our clients and business partners do not get caught out by the new regulations.
GDPR is an EU-wide regulation that governs the use of data by EU companies or companies that deal with data belonging to EU occupants. This is in contrast to the current Data Protection Act (DPA), that is loosely enforced by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), which only applies in the UK.
The key increased restrictions are on:
- How did you get consent to use the data? This must now be clear consent, not implied.
- Have you got ongoing consent? Mailing lists must be given the option to unsubscribe.
- Do you still hold data you no longer need? Historic data must be disposed of.
- Do you store your data in a GDPR-compliant way? Do you ensure the minimum access to the data by third parties or staff?
GDPR increases the potential sanctions for breach on UK businesses from £500,000 or 1% of turnover, to up to €20,000,000.00 or 4% of global turnover. The ICO has also suggested that GDPR is going to be far more strictly enforced than the DPA is at present.
To this end Tayntons Solicitors are working with other local partners, such as Pure Offices, to help improve knowledge around GDPR and work to avoid any local businesses being subject to the new increased sanctions. To find out more about GDPR and how we can help your business become compliant, contact us on 0800 158 4147.
The GDPR event at Pure Gloucester was a great success. Chris from Tayntons Solicitors led a fascinating and insightful talk and took questions from the interested audience. GDPR is such an important topic so it was great to see the audience taking a real interest and feeding back that they found the event useful. To find out more about the event, keep an eye out for the blog posts from Engage in Learning and System15 who also spoke at the event.
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