Preparing Your Business For GDPR

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Are You Ready For GDPR?

Helping You Prepare Your Business For GDPR

A reasonable description of GDPR is: “a huge headache with a child banging pots and pans at the same time”. Whilst the headache itself is trying to implement a plan for GDPR and ensuring processes are streamlined, the child representation of our description is numerous businesses shouting about GDPR, saying that your business will fail etc.

But they don’t tell you how to prepare for GDPR.

As if business wasn’t hard enough already – a whole new regulation is put in place that increases the fines of Data Protection, if you don’t adhere to the laws – that much of an increase that it could close your business down.

Neuways are here to provide you with an ice pack, some paracetamol and some ear buds to drown out the banging. Follow our 12 steps below, which is an adapted version of the ICO’s Preparing For The GDPR – 12 steps to take now document.

If you have any questions to ask Neuways in regards to the GDPR, then fill in the form on this page, and we will get back to you with the best advice and answers that we possibly can.

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12 Steps To Being GDPR Ready

Step 1. Awareness

You should make sure that decision makers and key people in your organisation are aware that the law is changing to the GDPR. They need to appreciate the impact this is likely to have.

Step 2. Information You Hold

You should document what personal data you hold, where it came from and who you share it with. You may need to organise an information audit.

Step 3. Communicating Privacy Information

You should review your current privacy notices and put a plan in place for making any necessary changes in time for GDPR implementation.

Step 4. Individuals Rights

You should check your procedures to ensure they cover all the rights individuals have, including how you would delete personal data or provide data electronically and in a commonly used format.

Step 5. Subject Access Requests

You should update your procedures and plan how you will handle requests within the new timescales and provide any additional information.

Step 6. Processing Personal Data

You should identify the lawful basis for your processing activity in the GDPR, document it and update your privacy notice to explain it.

Step 7. Reviewing All Consent

You should review how you seek, record and manage consent and whether you need to make any changes. Refresh existing consents now if they don’t meet the GDPR standard.

Step 8. Verification For Children

You should start thinking now about whether you need to put systems in place to verify individuals’ ages and to obtain parental or guardian consent for any data processing activity.

Step 9. Procedure For Data Breaches

You should make sure you have the right procedures in place to detect, report and investigate a personal data breach.

Step 10. Data Protection Impact Assessments

You should familiarise yourself now with the ICO’s code of practice on Privacy Impact Assessments as well as the latest guidance from the Article 29 Working Party, and work out how and when to implement them in your organisation.

Step 11. Data Protection Officers

You should designate someone to take responsibility for data protection compliance and assess where this role will sit within your organisation’s structure and governance arrangements. You should consider whether you are required to formally designate a Data Protection Officer.

Step 12. International Operations

If your organisation operates in more than one EU member state (ie you carry out cross-border processing), you should determine your lead data protection supervisory authority. Article 29 Working Party guidelines will help you do this.

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