As a new year begins, most have become well acquainted with the new EU rule, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Since it became law in May 2018, there has been considerable conversation about compliance. 
 
Many small companies may still be struggling to comply as it requires several obligations around data security and data usage. 
 
At Bell4Business, we’ve been able to help many local businesses adhere to and understand the GDPR. 
 
Easy points to consider ............................. 
What Is GDPR? 
 
The European Parliament adopted the GDPR in April 2016. It took the place of outdated data protection rules from 1995. The part of the regulation that matters most to businesses is the requirement that they protect the personal data and privacy of EU citizens. Thus, GDPR is relevant for any company that has EU citizen data. The GDPR standardises the exportation of personal data outside the EU as well. Because the regulations are uniform across all EU member states, businesses only have one standard to meet. 
 
What Do the Regulations Mean? 
 
One of the trickiest parts of GDPR is the definition of personal identification information. Thus, the compliance goes beyond protecting email addresses and phone numbers. It also requires protection for IP addresses or cookie data. 
The regulations also don’t fully expound on what a “reasonable” level of protection for personal data is. This allows the GDPR governing body to have tremendous leeway with assessing fines for data breaches or other acts of noncompliance. 
 
What Small Businesses Need to Know 
 
There are several processes you need to take into consideration to ensure you comply with the GDPR. Here are some items you’ll need to address: 
 
Protecting information extends to suppliers, employees, and customers. 
Know your data as you’ll need to understand the types of personal data or sensitive data you have in your CRM or other systems. 
Determine if you have consent to process personal data—you’ll need it to continue marketing to these people. 
Take a careful look at your security policies as they’ll need to be updated to comply. 
How will you manage access rights? EU citizens now have the right to access their personal data and change any inaccuracies. 
Train and educate employees. 
Do a due diligence check on your supply chain. 
 
How Bell4Business Can Help 
 
We are here to help you get compliant. We can write compliance documents, implement procedures, and assist you in understanding your obligations. Contact us today to learn more and worry less about GDPR compliance. 
 
Contact us today 01482 842802 or email office@bell4business.co.uk 
 
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