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September 8, 2017

Get Ready to Say Hello to the GDPR. What Does it Mean to You?

What is the GDPR?

In the biggest change to Data Protection Law since 1998, the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) will be coming into effect on the 25th May 2018 and it’s most likely going to have an impact on your business.

Did you know that the Data Protection Act, as it stands now, predates Google? It was written for a world before Twitter, Facebook and cloud storage: a simpler time when many businesses were still storing personal information on Rolodex cards and when the average mobile phone user could make calls and possibly send the odd text message.

Since then, the use of technology within businesses has evolved beyond all recognition and data (much of it personal) is produced and stored in ever increasing volumes.

The GDPR sets down who owns that data, how it is used, processed, stored & protected, and ultimately puts a pretty onerous set of responsibilities on all of us in the business community.

At Talem, we’re already making the changes required to ensure that we’re ready for May the 25th and as part of that process, we want to share our experiences; we hope that these updates will prove useful to you and your business over the next few months.

 

The GDPR at a Glance

To save you having to read through all 88 pages of the new EU law, here’s the lowdown on the main changes that will affect you. If you hold information on any EU citizen or do business in the EU (that’s all of us, regardless of Brexit) you will need to consider the following (and more):

  • Ownership of personal data is shifted from companies to the individual concerned.
  • What constitutes personal data is being redefined. In the past it was anything that would identify “the natural person,” but as of 25th May this will include other metadata which can include, IP addresses, mobile IMEI numbers & SIM card IDs, website cookies and browsing history.
  • “The right to be forgotten” will be enshrined in law. This is one of the biggest challenges technically and we’re still working on how best to apply this. It doesn’t just cover database records, but goes further by applying to other records such as website visits and cookies.
  • Implied consent will be consigned to history and this means that every time we process data for a different purpose, we will need to seek the owner’s consent.
  • New role of Data Processor alongside the existing role of Data Controller
  • New penalties for breaches. These can be eye-wateringly high.

 

The Talem Recruitment Group takes our responsibilities, both as a recruitment company and also as a partner seriously. We work with companies of all sizes and we know that at least some of our clients will be unaware of what is happening. To help, we’re going to explore the different areas that will be affected within our business and how we deal with the challenges in a series of posts over the coming weeks.

While this is not legal advice, we hope that it will help you to ensure that your business continues to prosper under the new legal framework.  If you have any queries at all, please feel free to contact us by clicking here.

 

For more information on the coming changes, please click here to view the Government’s press release

 

 

 

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