18 May 2018

Are you ready for GDPR compliance?



What is the GDPR, why is it so important?

GDPR is standing for General Data Protection Regulation and was introduced to unify EU members by ensuring that all data protection laws are applied the same way in every EU countries. It will also protect EU citizens by letting them decide which and how information should be shared and not leaving this choice to organisations.

The GDPR will replace the Data Protection Act 1998 at the end of the month and even though the UK is about to leave Europe in the year to come, this new regulation will still apply to business with EU residents’ data.

Complying with GDPR is crucial. Depending on how businesses are not following data protection rules (data breaches, data abuse…) they could be charged of up to €20 million or the equivalent of 4% of the company’s turnover.


Who is concerned by the GDPR and when will it be introduced?

People concerned by the GDPR will be data controllers reporting how and why personal data is processed such as any organisation. But also the entity processing the data such as an IT firm. It’s the responsibility of the data controller to ensure the respect of data protection law.

Organisations using EU customers’ data, having a presence or operating in the EU will be affected by these new data protection rules.

The GDPR was actually introduced on 24 May 2016 when all EU parts agreed to its final version but it will be applied to organisations and businesses from 25 May 2018 across the entire EU.


What impacts with the Brexit?

Even if the UK has decided to leave the EU on March 2017, they’ve only triggered Article 50 which implies a two-year timeframe before actually leaving the EU. In this case, the UK will have to comply with the GDPR because it will be introduced before the legal consequences of the Brexit.


All our applications are adapted to the new European regulation regarding the process and protection of personal data.

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