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GDPR – What businesses need to know

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a new piece of EU legislation that overhauls the UK’s laws on data protection and cyber security. It will come into force on 25th May 2018, and will apply to businesses and public-sector organisations of all sizes, enforcing new guidelines and regulations for data handling.

It’s something every business needs to prepare for, as it impacts how you communicate with your customers and how you handle any information you store about them. Read our guide below to understand what GDPR will mean for businesses, or you can register for our free ‘An Introduction to GDPR’ online overview.

A Guide to GDPR

Who does GDPR apply to?

If you’re currently subject to the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA), the new GDPR legislation should also apply to you and your business. As under the DPA, the GDPR defines businesses as data processors and data controllers.

As the names suggest, a data controller decides how and why a person’s data is stored or used. A data processor carries out those instructions on behalf of the data controller.

Data processors are subject to the specific regulations of the GDPR, but data controllers are also responsible for ensuring the data processing firms they employ are compliant with the law.

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GDPR at a glance

GDPR has been introduced to create more rigorous regulations around how companies use and store data they collect from customers, and to encourage them to take cyber security and data protection more seriously. So, what are the important changes being introduced under GDPR?

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The GDPR and the EU

While there may be some uncertainties around GDPR and what happens on the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union, the UK government has stated that the decision to leave the EU will not affect the adoption and enforcement of GDPR.

The scope of GDPR means that any company or organisation with customers who are EU citizens will need to abide by its regulations, no matter where in the world the company is based.

Further resources

Our team have created a number of animated GIFs for you to share with your staff to highlight key pieces of information relating to GDPR.

These can also be embedded on your website by using the embed code provided.

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GDPR Summary

How to prepare for GDPR

Preparing your business for the arrival of GDPR can seem daunting, but there are simple ways you can improve your everyday cyber security and personal data handling to make sure that your business is compliant.

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The essentials of GDPR

The Essentials of GDPR

This course is aimed at those involved in the handling of people’s information as part of their day to day role, providing a GDPR overview. Learners will understand the key principles and process under the regulation and what their roles and responsibilities include.

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