You may be tempted to let GDPR go; it’s too much trouble or maybe you won’t understand exactly what it means. Trust us, we have five big reasons why you shouldn’t ignore this.
- The GDPR has already become valid: The European Parliament has already adopted the GDPR (which stands for General Data Protection Regulation) and it actually went into effect on May 25, 2018.
- It Isn’t Valid in the EU Only: You might be tempted to think that, if you aren’t a member of the EU yourself, you don’t have to worry about the GDPR. That has actually been a common misconception. In actuality, it concerns anyone whose website might be accessed by a citizen of the EU. In a nutshell, if you process information that deals with the personal data an EU citizen, you must comply. The only other option would be to make your website inaccessible to those citizens, but no one wants to do that.
- Personal Data Process is the thing: You can always google the term to access the 89 articles contained in the 88 pages of the regulation. However, it’s important to note that it all revolves around the personal data that you collect and store. That information must be relevant, necessary and kept up to date, just to name a few of the regulations. It must also be protected from any unauthorized access, to include encryption. The owner of said information must also have the ability to correct and/or erase their data.
- There are duties involved on your part: In the event that your system is attacked or breached, you must make a public notification to inform all parties.
- There are consequences for noncompliance: For those who are not compliant, or who infringe on that personal information in any way, fines of up to four percent of your annual turnover could be put in place.