A couple of months ago, Third Sector reported that only 44% of charities had heard of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations). I am sure many small businesses are also unaware of it or may have heard of it in passing but not be aware of the impact it may have on their business.
What is GDPR?
GDPR is an important new piece of Data Protection legislation that comes in to force on 25th May this year. Many requirements have been carried over from existing legislation but some of the responsibilities have been enhanced.
Whilst many of the headlines shout about the maximum fines that the ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office) will enforce if organisations are found to be in breach of the GDPR legislation (which at up to £17m or 4% of the annual turnover is pretty onerous), the focus of the legislation is very much about protecting the personal data that organisations hold on individuals. You will therefore need to look at what consent you have to process information, how you store it and how long you keep it for.
ICO want to help
The ICO have indicated on their recent blogs that they want to work with organisations to help them become compliant. This is especially so for those who have audited the data they hold and have action plans in place to ensure compliance. To help with this they have even set up an advice line.
Where can we go for help?
GDPR is a big topic and it can appear daunting. We’d love to help you navigate how you can audit and manage your HR data.
Why not email Cornerstone Resources or call Nicci on 07908 875146?
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