There’s a lot of ‘noise’ around GDPR at the moment, so it can be difficult to see what it is, what applies to you and what you should do. If you handle personal data belonging to European Union (EU) citizens, then you should read on.

Luckily, we’ve broken it down for you here in an easy to read guide about what, in the simplest terms, GDPR means for you and your company.

What is GDPR?

GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation. It is a new law that will replaces the EU’s existing data protection and privacy regulation. It was agreed in April 2016 and will come into force in May 2018.

The GDPR will apply to all companies that process personal data of European Union (EU) citizens. Individuals will be able to receive a copy of their data and have the power to have it erased from the records of an organisation. If an individual wishes to be contacted by an organisation, they need to explicitly agree to be contacted.

What about Brexit?

The UK’s decision to leave the EU will not affect the commencement of the GDPR. After the UK leaves the European Union the GDPR will still be in effect and organisations are still at risk of a penalty if they do not comply.

So, what is this GDPR Assessment Tool?

The Assessment will help guide your organisation with compliance.

The main aim of the service is to help organisations understand where they are regarding GDPR readiness and recommend the right Microsoft applications to accomplish compliance. The Assessment’s aim is to assess the maturity of their people, processes, and technology, relevant to the GDPR. It looks at ‘themes’ such as Discovery, Management, Protection and Reporting on data.

Microsoft’s cloud offering is specifically built to help you understand risks and to defend against them. Data security is a complex area. There are many types of risk to identify and consider—ranging from physical intrusion or rogue employees to accidental loss or hackers.

If your organisation isn’t GDPR compliant by May 2018, you could face penalties. Stay ahead of the curve and get all of your processes and governance in place in plenty of time. Our Assessment Service, using state of the art Microsoft software, will be able to show you where you need to make any adjustments to the way you handle personal data.

What should I do from here?

No matter what your level of knowledge about the GDPR is, we’ll be able to help you. If you’d like to have a chat with us, we’d love to hear from you. Just send us your details on our form here and we can get back to you and make sure you’re GDPR ready!