If we’ve heard it once, we’ve heard it 100 times, this about-time body of new legislation governing the personal and sensitive data of EU individuals will affect every business which gathers and stores data about anyone else.. In other words will affect, every business.
With optimistic estimates of the proportion of UK businesses fully ready for the new privacy regime hovering around 20%, there is vast room for improvement which starts with educating ourselves about basic data protection, what our responsibilities are, and the rights of the individuals we hold information about.
The downside of NOT getting you and your organisations data & privacy houses in order are two-fold. First is the threat of being fined enormously for not complying… penalties will have an upper limit of €20 million or 4% or annual global turnover, whichever is higher. Second is that you’ll miss out on a perfectly good opportunity to re-iterate to your users and individuals whose data you have collected that you fully respect their rights to the ownership of said data.
Treat going through the annoyance of having to comply with yet more govt legislation as chance to have a positive, respectful exchange with your mailing list, for a start. As long as your users or other individuals know that you respect their data, it’ll only re-enforce a positive relationship with them, by clarifying you recognise that you hold data abou them with their permission and with the understanding that you’re not doing anything nefarious with it. As ‘bad use’ of others’ data can range from selling it to a 3rd party, to having it stolen in a data-breach, its worth learning a bit more about what you might not already know or just ensuring that the boxes of compliance are ticked in your case.
As Quickclass are huge advocates of finding eLearning solutions to most of the challenges humanity faces, big and small – and in this case completely practical, we’re recommend you check out eLearning providers EssentialSkillz’ course which will take you through the basics and suggest the next stages of your own actions to keep on top of treating your user’s data with respect and within the law.
Let eLearning solve what is actually mostly the fear of the unknown for most companies, with an in-your-own time and at your own pace catchup on how to the necessity of GDPR into something positive for you and your customers and other stakeholders in your business.