GDPR: Heard of it? If you haven’t already, you certainly soon will.
The General Data Protection Regulation comes into force in the UK in May 2018 and all businesses of any shape or size will have to comply or face fines of up to £17m (or 4% of the businesses global annual turnover, whichever is greater).
ALL businesses accumulate client data; some is stored on computers, some on scraps of paper. How you manage this information is about to become more carefully scrutinised and no piece of computer software can take care of it for you: you need to understand how daily practices may have to be altered in order to assure compliance. This could be anything from how long you hold client data after they are no longer a client to readily collating every bit of data you hold on any particular client – because the client is entirely entitled to know this.
Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that leaving the EU will mean it won’t apply to the UK (because it won’t!) and that you have to ‘own’ the data in order to be responsible for it: you don’t. Data processors are also liable.
There may also be effects on your ability to engage in direct marketing with your clients so regardless of your kind of trade, be assured that this change in legislation WILL affect you. Join us at our GDPR Masterclass at the Beacon in Llanelli on Wednesday 22nd November 2017 and spend four hours ensuring you understand the changes, your responsibilities and how to be sure that you’ll retain legal compliance and the trust of your clients whilst avoiding any breaches or penalties.
Whether you’re a hairdresser, cafe-owner, plumber, shopkeeper or dog-walker, you will be affected.
Find out more here.