Ensure your organisations compliancy with GDPR regulations
Compliance with GDPR is a legal requirement for all organisations operating in the UK which collect personal information, regardless of the size, location or sector.
The implications of suffering a data breach under the new regulations can be severe for organisations. Not only will they face significant fines of up to €20 million, or 4% annual global turnover, whichever is greater. Experiencing a personal data breach can also result in substantial reputational damage resulting in loss of trust and business.
The implementation of some good practices will ensure your organisation meets the requirements as well as assuring customers, employees and all other data subjects that their information is being processed lawfully and stored securely.
Why is compliancy with GDPR regulations important?
Almost all of UK businesses collect personal information. This can range from personal contact information, including names, addresses and email addresses to customer medical information. All organisations which collect personal information must adhere to GDPR legislation.
Ensuring personal data is stored securely and only used where permission is granted to do so is a legal requirement. Failure to comply with may result in significant financial penalties and damage to your organisation's reputation.
GDPR Compliancy involves more than just keeping your organisation safe. Demonstrating your compliance with the regulations also helps you maintain a strong reputation within your industry and presents your ongoing commitment to protecting the privacy of your customers, employees and stakeholders.
How do you ensure your organisation meets GDPR compliancy regulations?
For many organisations, all that is required to ensure you are compliant with the regulations is a simple GDPR Gap Analysis to evaluate your current level of compliance against the existing requirements.
To achieve this, our consultants will review your existing policies, procedures and controls against the requirements of GDPR. Once this has been completed, our consultants will provide you with a report which indicates your current level of maturity alongside recommendations to remediate the gaps.
In addition to this, for organisations which have not yet been able to formally implement GDPR changes, our consultants can create and implement policy documentation and changes within your organisation on your behalf, this will enable you to ensure you are compliant with the GDPR legislation.
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