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Wednesday, 11 December

GDPR - A Little Help From Your Friends

GDPR

ThisWeekinFM is reminding readers GDPR is for life and not just May 25...but we also have a cunning plan to help keep you and your organisation compliant.

 Whilst the deadline for compliance with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has been and gone, the issue and potential impact for business are still challenging many busy organisations.

Some have been meaning to get to grips with GDPR for months but have never found the time.  Some are part way through the compliance journey but ground to a halt on May 25.

Others are still unsure as to what GDPR even means.  The message to all of you is don’t panic but don’t be complacent either.

 

How can ThisWeekinFM help?

At ThisWeekinFM we recognise that many of our readers may still be struggling with this legislation.  Secure online data protection platform, Astrid Data Protection has partnered with us to bring a discounted offering for their service and also provide tailored advice to the FM sector.

We have negotiated a 10% discount for our readers. To take advantage of this offer, subscribe at www.weareastrid.co.uk/subscribe and enter the code TWINFM.

 

All the tools and guidance you need

Astrid Data Protection was developed with small businesses in mind and provides a secure online platform that not only shows businesses what they need to do but gives them the tools and information they require to take practical steps towards compliance. 

The platform also offers a training suite to ensure staff understand their responsibilities and a log to record who has completed training, as well as a secure repository to upload documents and a record of the process businesses have gone through to enable them to demonstrate compliance to the regulator, the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) and also their clients.

 

So what is the beef with GDPR

The General Data Protection Regulation came into force on 25 May 2018. It represents the biggest shake up of data protection laws since the 1990s and has seen individuals gain greater control over their personal data and businesses made more accountable for their data processing activities.

With a very broad definition of personal data under GDPR, it’s not just a marketing issue. The regulation has an impact on many business areas including human resources, IT, finance, customer services, sales, transport and operations, creating a major headache for any business operating in or selling to customers in, the UK and the rest of the EU.

 

Opportunity or threat

For businesses that can demonstrate compliance, this is a great opportunity to strengthen customer relationships and enhance their reputation.  Those that ignore the new legislation are not only breaking the law but risk their customers and employees trust and their professional reputation as well as losing out on new business and facing significant fines.

If you have any other queries about the service please email hello@weareastrid.co.uk

 

Article written by Brian Shillibeer

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