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General Data Protection Regulation Information (GDPR) - GIF Guides

From 25th May 2018, the EU regulation on General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force in the UK and apply to businesses and organisations of all sizes. Data Protection is an important aspect of Cyber Security that all businesses should be aware of, so staff should be prepared.

Virtual College have created a dedicated GDPR guide and information page to help familiarise staff with the responsibilities and requirements regarding data protection. We also encourage users to register for our free GDPR overview.

This page provides free animated GIF resources below to use on a company website, blog or publication by copying the code below. Virtual College also provide a Cyber Security Introduction Course which helps to educate in this area.

A Guide to GDPR

GDPR Financial Penalties - Increased Fines

One of the biggest impacts for businesses is that penalties for not conforming to legislation can result in very hefty fines. Under the Data Protection Act, security breaches could result in fines of up to £500,000. Under the GDPR, this will increase to a maximum of €20 million, or 4% of annual global turnover.

The right of access

Under GDPR, customers of any business or organisation will have the right to access any personal information held about them. They can also ask to be ‘forgotten’ if they withdraw consent for their data to be used, which means companies will have to securely delete their data.

GDPR Breach Notifications & Faster Reporting

GDPR means that companies will have a much smaller window for reporting data breaches to their customers and the authorities if they happen. Any security breach likely to result in ‘a risk for the rights and freedoms of individuals’ must be reported within 3 days. Data processors will also have to immediately inform their clients (the data controllers) after becoming aware of a data breach.

Personally Identifiable Information (PII Data)

The definition of PII data (personally identifiable information) is being expanded under GDPR to include IP addresses, genetic information (DNA), social media posts, photos, and more.

Opt In, Not Out - Explicit Consent Required

Companies will no longer be able to use pre-ticked, or opt out options to gain data consent from customers. A clear, positive opt in tick-box must be used.

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