We’ve had a
lovely few days of weather and summer is around the corner. As the weather
heats up this time around we talk about the hottest topic at the moment. By now
you probably have heard everyone mention about General Data Protection
regulation has been passed to protect an individual’s privacy. If you hold a person’s
name, email address, address or contact details, you will now need their
permission to hold these types of data. If you do not have permission, then you
will have to delete the data you hold. This will be law by the end of this week
(25th May 2018) and there are fines that will be imposed for any
sort of breach. If you are worried about GDPR you can read up about it here.
Cross Accounting, we are currently password protecting documents containing
sensitive information when sending internally and externally. Since the document
has an individual’s data on this ensures we are complying with GDPR rules. All
our clients will have their own unique password to open their documents. This
ensures privacy in case it is sent to an unintended recipient or a breach in
security from hackers. Encryption is the key to adhering to the regulations.
May is when all this starts to kick off, there are companies that can help and
provide training for GDPR but it is making sure you’re being responsible with
the data you hold. People have the right to be forgotten, so any contacts that
you do not have their permission, you cannot keep. If you take car in to
applying security to your business, then your are ready to tackle GDPR.