In preparation for the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) which come into effect on 25 May 2018, Cardwave – a Devizes-based company that helps organisations to secure their data – has launched a new campaign called ‘People’s data matters.’
The campaign aims to raise awareness of the importance of protecting data whether it be relating to individuals, businesses, customers or employees.
According to Cardwave, the changes will “affect everyone” and – even after Brexit – UK laws will align with what is now being implemented in the UK.
The firm urges businesses not to be “complacent” and warns that they could risk “huge fines” of up to 4% of their annual turnover if the new regulations are not met.
Cardwave says that there are “plenty of resources” out there such as The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) which offers free and clear guidelines to compliance including a self-assessment tool.
Paul Norbury, chief executive of Cardwave, said: “As a company, we are passionate about providing solutions to protect data and we hope that our campaign will help to highlight the importance to organisations large and small that they need to give priority to this too.”
Key points to take on board immediately, according to Cardwave, are:
1. Know the law is changing
2. Make sure you have a record of the personal data you hold and why.
3. Identify why you have personal data and how you use it.
4. Have a plan in case people ask about their rights regarding the personal information you hold about them
5. Ask yourself: before I collect their data, do I clearly tell people why I need it and how I will use it?
6. Check your security. This can include locking filing cabinets and using hardware encrypted USBs when travelling off-site that holds your staff or customers’ personal data.
7. Develop a process to make sure you know what to do if you breach data protection rules.
8. Don’t Panic: ICO is there to help. For example, you can click here to see some frequently asked questions and its answers for several different business sectors.
Cardwave currently offers two GDPR compliant hardware encrypted USBs – SafeToGo® and SafeToGo® Solo for data security on the move.
For further information go to www.safetogousb.com or purchase individual drives direct from Amazon UK.
For multiple drives contact your nearest distributor who you can view at www.safetogo.eu/distributors.