The new EU General Data Protection Regulation

The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation will come into force in May 2018, radically changing the way organisations have to look after personal data. The new regulation will govern how organisations should handle, protect and use personal data. It applies to EU citizens’ personal data, regardless of where it is collected, stored, or processed and whether it is inside or outside of the EU. Failure to comply could lead to huge fines, yet many businesses are far from ready.

In order to comply with the GDPR, the first step should be to undertake a comprehensive data audit. This will take time to complete, so it’s better now, before implementation in May 2018. Due to the wide-ranging application of GDPR full compliance may take time so it may be necessary to take expert advice.

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