My GDPR Training by Joe Burden

GDPR stands for The General Data Protection Regulation and is coming into play on May 15th. It will be replacing the old Data Protection Act found in 1998. It has taken three years of discussion to be agreed upon although it will help give people more control of their personal or sensitive data.

What’s Changing?

There are little and significant changes in the new regulation. Some are to help people protect their data, but some are also to give Data Protection Authorities the power to impose higher fines. Two of the most significant changes are expanding national reach which is aimed at companies outside of the EU that are targeting EU customers. They will now also have to be GDPR compliant. The second most significant change is the right to be forgotten. Furthermore, consent has become much stricter.

When is GDPR in motion?

GDPR has been in discussion for a long time, and it had taken this long for it to be agreed upon. As it’s such a massive change in how people use and store data we have had a deadline, so we are ready. On May 25th you must be GDPR compliant otherwise you could incur a fine!

How will GDPR effect you?

The new GDPR guidelines will affect all business or organisations that handle data. It puts the customer in the driver’s seat as a business have to be given consent freely to keep, use and share their data. If they’re not or their data has been breached, then more significant fines can be imposed.

How does this effects website?

There is a section of the new GDPR called the right to be forgotten. This means that if a customer requests that a business or website deletes their data, then they must do so unless the data will be used in a court of law. They must also correct or amend any data that is incorrect as this comes under the same right as the right to be forgotten.

Is GDPR good or bad?

Well, it all comes down to whether you’re on the customer or business side of things. If you’re on the customer’s side of things, then it puts you in the hot seat giving you the power and say on how your data is collected, stored and used. If you’re on the other side and own your website or business, then it’s not right, but it’s not bad. You just need to be careful of how you operate when it comes to data. 

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