The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25 May 2018. Designed to shift control of personal data back to the owner of the data (i.e. all of us as individuals), as such the regulation includes amongst the list of subject data rights, the right to have personal data erased.
The regulation also enables individuals to question companies about the extent of personally identifiable data held by the company – and companies will no longer have the right to charge for this service (apart from in extenuating circumstances).
A study recently conducted by UK media agency, 7 stars, found that of the UK consumers surveyed, 34 percent planned to exercise their ‘right to be forgotten’ – and three out of five were intending to question companies about their personal data held by the company.
And yet, in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport’s Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2018: Preparations for the new Data Protection Act (January 2018), 51 percent of the small businesses (10-49 employees) questioned had not even heard of GDPR. Medium sized businesses (50-249) were reporting 34 percent and micro (2-9 employees) 69 percent unaware of GDPR.
Michael Frisby, Cobweb MD, says, “With less than three months to go it is amazing that so many businesses still haven’t realised what GDPR is and the potential impact it could have on their business. Meeting the GDPR requirements is much more about process and people than it is about implementing new compliant technology and, so at Cobweb, we’ve put together a range of support solutions to help businesses – wherever they are with their preparations.
“Based on customer feedback about the type of issues they are facing, we’ve recently added additional services to our GDPR support offerings.
“Services – ranging from GDPR awareness workshops to readiness assessments, and security posture reviews to ongoing consultancy and “virtual DPO” services – are delivered by Cobweb’s partner GDPR consultants, and experts in their field – and we’ve designed our offers to enable businesses to select the services that suit their needs.
“Once a business has started defining their processes and procedures the teams at Cobweb, who are all trained in GDPR, can help customers with implementing the most appropriate technical solutions, services and applications that will make meeting the GDPR compliance requirements easier and more efficient.
“GDPR enforcement is now less than three months’ away – if you’d like any advice or support with your journey to GDPR compliance, give us a call on 0333 009 5941 – or email firstname.lastname@example.org – we’re here to help!”