As you are probably aware, the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is set to come into force this week.
You may’ve already experienced a flood of emails filling your inbox informing you of various changes to company’s data protection policies, however if you’re still not sure about what GDPR is and how it might affect you, here’s a little more information.
What is the GDPR?
The GDPR will replace the 1995 Data Protection Directive and will seriously shake up data protection policy as we know it. In the UK, the GDPR will be enforced by the Information Commissioner’s Office.
So why the need for this radical new legislation?
Well there have been a number of high profile security breaches in the last couple of years with the Wannacry virus attack on the NHS last year a stark warning of just how easy it is for hackers to gain access to people’s personal and private information.
Consequently, we are now much more aware of the need to keep people’s private information safe and secure.
The aim of the GDPR is to ensure that individuals personal information is kept in the right hands and that companies aren’t abusing their access to it. Under the new legislation individuals will have much more say over how companies store their data and will be able to demand companies reveal or delete any personal data they hold on record.
The onus is also on the companies themselves to prove they have a legitimate reason for holding any data they have stored and that they are doing everything they can to protect it.
Companies in breach of the GDPR can be issued with heavy fines of up to €20m (£17.5m) or 4% of a company’s global turnover.
How have Maxi ensured we comply with GDPR?
Here at Maxi Readymix we have put procedures in place to ensure we are fully compliant with the new legislation.
This includes …
- Adding a cookie consent pop up to both our websites, maxi.co.uk and maximinimix.co.uk
- Adding a disclaimer to all contact forms across our sites.
- Securing each site with a site wide SSL Certificate.
If you have any questions or concerns about the information discussed in this article, please get in touch, either by calling us on 0116 289 1234 or emailing via our Contact Page