Days Until GDPR - Are you Ready?

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The clock is ticking, with only a few months to go until the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on May 25th 2018.

Impact of Data Protection Legislation Organizations need to get out in front of new data protection legislation like GDPR, giving special consideration to communications technology.

Getting Ahead of Compliance & Security Businesses can play the wait-and-see game, and risk potential fines and business failures; or they can get ahead of this shift in the security landscape and start taking a holistic approach to addressing data protection within the organization.

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Olivia O'Kane, partner at Carson McDowell, said: "We are delighted to confirm that Sir Stephens has confirmed that he is available to open our session on 15 February 2018". The GDPR grants individuals the right to know when a decision was made automatically regarding their personal data and requires their rights to be maintained.

Jed Mole, European marketing director at Acxiom, said the research shows a clear trend towards greater real-life acceptance of data exchange as part and parcel of everyday life.

A recent government-sponsored survey revealed that less than half of United Kingdom businesses and charities were aware of GDPR just four months before the compliance deadline.

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One of the more prominent changes brought on by the GDPR is the adjustment of consent requirements.

While awareness of the new legislation has risen in recent months, the consensus is that United Kingdom firms are under-prepared for the EU GDPR, and therefore at risk of fines as high as €20m, or 4% of a company's annual turnover, whichever is greater. While its advertisers chiefly determine the objective of the network's data use, "they are the ones to determine whether or not to run an advertising campaign when participating", while the network itself will generally determine the means of its use, such as to facilitate tracking.

But Saunders is among those who point out that GDPR presents an opportunity to maximise the value of data and improve the relationship with, and services supplied to, customers. It's not enough to merely comply with the new GDPR, businesses must be able to prove they're doing so. First, companies should determine whether the GDPR applies to them. These are in scope, but so are other systems like voice, IVR, chatbots, team collaboration systems, messaging apps, social media, and networks that these systems operate - any place personal data is collected, stored, or transmitted.

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HR departments will likely be the most affected following IT and finance, as the GDPR gives both current and former employees more control over the data a business holds on them. The scope of GDPR is the personal data of European Union nationals, wherever they or their data may be in the world, whether or not the data subject lives in the European Union, and whether or not the firm operates in the EU! The subject can also request that their data be deleted if there's no longer a reason to hold or process that personal data. In addition, the regulation requires firms to rapidly notify any data breaches (e.g. data loss incidents) to the appropriate regulator. Cloud service providers are considered processors and are not exempt from GDPR enforcement. What have you got, why have you got it and what do you use it for?

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