General Data Protection Regulation

What is GDPR?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the first Data Protection Law to come out of the European Union, and gives greater protection and rights to individuals.  It affects everyone and every business, what action have you taken? At Node IT we are helping companies in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and London with their GDPR Strategy.

What do I need to know?

If you handle personal data, or sensitive personal data, you need to know your legal obligations when doing so. Personal data is any identifiable data – from a name to an IP address. Sensitive personal data is religious and political views, sexual orientation and more.The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) says “If you are currently subject to the Data Protection Act, it is likely that you will also be the subject to the GDPR”.

Is my business affected?

It almost certainly is if your business processes personally identifiable data. This can be anything from your company payroll to customer orders. Don’t think that Brexit means this is no longer applicable either; if you work with European citizens, you need to comply with GDPR. Also, the new Data Protection Bill is currently being read in Parliament. This includes the regulations in GDPR.

When does GDPR begin?

GDPR is already here and the law applies from May 25th 2018. If you haven’t done anything to prepare your company for GDPR then you need to begin today! Start by downloading our Myth Buster guide from this page.

 

don’t panic, we can help

GDPR is more than just how you use and secure personal information, it’s about your HR & Legal documentation processes and more.

Node IT can help with your IT infrastructure and ensuring your digital environment is secure. We also work with partners who can provide a full GDPR audit.

GDPR Myth Buster Guide

To help you get started on your GDPR journey, we have prepared a free GDPR Myth Busting Guide. No sign up is required as we want as many businesses as possible to gain access to this important information.

To download it, please click on the button below. If you have any questions or queries, then please contact us:

Email: gdpr@node-it.com 

Phone: 01767 348 007 

MYTH #1 

MYTH:1 GDPR does not apply to my business and is only for the European Union. Britain won’t need to worry post-Brexit. 

FACT: GDPR will affect any company that provides goods and services to EU consumers. Brexit will have no affect and the 2017 Data Protection Bill will continue to align the UK with GDPR.

myth #2

MYTH: GDPR breaches will result
in massive fines for companies.
Many will go out of business as a result.

FACT: It is true that non-compliant companies face fines of 4% of their revenue, however, these should be rare. The best thing to do is take positive action that shows the ICO that your business takes GDPR seriously. Implement the necessary safeguards and policies so you can minimise the impact of a breach and ultimately any sanctions. 

myth #3

MYTH: This is an IT problem. As long as we have Anti-virus and a good firewall we are covered. They can sort it all out for us.

FACT: Yes we can help, but IT is only one part of the GDPR puzzle. It is important to implement technical solutions to help mitigate the risk of a breach. However it is vital that your organisation has procedures and processes around all aspects of the GDPR. Make sure you know how you will process the information and data held by your business.

Take Action Now

We are helping business in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and London with their GDPR strategy. Download our Myth Busting Guide today and contact us for more information on how we can help your business with GDPR.

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