GDPR: There’s no hiding behind Brexit

By now, it’s highly likely you’ve heard plenty about the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation. As a business owner, GDPR requires you to be on the top of your game when it comes to data protection and it is critical to understand. If you haven’t already ensured your business is GDPR compliant, there is still time to do so. But, the long-winded explanations from the ICO and regulatory bodies, of what GDPR is and how to comply, can be confusing. Don’t worry; there are simple guides available to instruct you on how to ensure your business doesn’t end up with a fine that could equal 4% of its annual global turnover from non-compliance.

But some of you might be wondering if our new Brexit status in the UK will mean that these EU laws do not take effect here. This is understandable as the news surrounding Brexit widely varies between news sources. Sometimes it seems like no one actually knows what is going on. Are we still leaving? If so, when? How will Brexit affect my business? Most of these questions have answers, but not all of them are set in stone. What we do know is that the terms of GDPR were approved in April of 2016 and had the support of the British government. Then, only two months later, the Brexit vote happened, leading to confusion over the implementation of EU laws in the UK in the future.

The most recent negotiations suggest that the UK is set to leave the EU on 29th March 2019, after a two year transition period. During this transition period, the UK must meet the EU’s conditions. These are: To apply all EU laws, including new ones, allow the free movement of people, and be subject to European Court judgements. This means that GDPR is being taken just as seriously in the UK as it is across the rest of the European Union and the laws will take full effect here. Also, considering the support for GDPR from the UK, it is unlikely that these laws will be retracted anytime soon after the UK’s exit from the EU. It is best to hurry up and make sure your business is fully GDPR compliant by May.

So what can you do to prepare? Firstly, read up on GDPR. Make sure you know exactly what changes you need to make to ensure you are compliant with the new regulations. Throughout this year, we have talked a lot about what you need to know and have also talked about techniques to manage and trace your data. You could start by looking at those. Make sure your staff know about the new changes so that they don’t cause data breaches. When there are data breaches, they will need to be reported instantly, as required by the GDPR rules. You should know the protocol to follow. Most importantly, to stop data breaches happening, and to reduce their severity, it is important to make sure your IT network is up to date and secure to protect your customers and your business. Cyber attacks on businesses are near inevitable, so it is important you are in the best possible position to deal with them.

At Tandem Systems we offer the best help and advice on how to make your business secure and compliant through the use of technology. Contact us today on 01204 860050 for more information on how we can help your business seamlessly adjust to today’s changing times.  

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