As I am sure you are more than aware, the new general data protection regulation (GDPR) is just six months away, and when the GDPR becomes law on 25 May 2018 it will turn the business world on its head!
Are you preparing for GDPR?
Worryingly, a recent survey by Docs Corp found that two thirds of SME business owners either have:
- No plan in place on how to approach GDPR at all, or;
- No knowledge of the legislation.
So now’s your opportunity to get your customer data in order ahead of the legislation change next May.
What you will need to do
People will have much more control over the data you hold on them, and you will not be able to mail to anyone without their consent. You will need to get your customers and contacts to opt-in to continue to receive your marketing communications. As well as this, you also must ensure you have a clearly documented process for new customer data, managing and deleting existing customer data and where records are to be found. Not to mention documenting all sign-ups and unsubscribes you receive should you be audited.
Preparing for GDPR
To help you prepare we created a briefing paper and handy checklist to help you to plan. You can read our GDPR information and checklist of actions you need to take to remain compliant.
Mark Taylor from ICAEW explains what GDPR is and what you need to consider when preparing your business.