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Lancashire businesses urged to prepare for new GDPR legislation

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Lancashire businesses urged to prepare for new GDPR legislatio
David Morris

With the countdown to the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) well underway, audit, tax and consulting firm RSM, is urging Lancashire companies doing business in the EU to complete their preparation for the impending rule changes, to help mitigate substantial financial and reputational risks arising from issues of non-compliance.

The new legal framework is the biggest change to data privacy legislation in over two decades, and aims to protect EU citizen’s personal data, regardless of borders or where the data is processed.

The regulations, which come into force in a year’s time on 25 May 2018, will transform how businesses need to store and manage personal data.  A failure to comply with the new rules could see businesses facing significant penalties of up to €20m, or four per cent of annual global turnover.

An important factor is to ensure a business’s data processes protect the rights of individuals. Therefore an organised data protection programme will need to be established, with all data activities accurately recorded.This obligation extends to any third-party contractors or partners working with a business, and will present companies with much greater legal liability in the event of error.

David Morris, technology assurance director at RSM, said: ‘In a growing digital economy, where data can be collected and stored within seconds, there is more risk of cyber security breaches, which was highlighted by the recent WannaCry ransomware attack. Therefore it’s increasingly more important to make sure clear processes and safeguards are put in place to protect both clients and companies.’

‘Although GDPR is a welcomed attempt to curb growing fears around how companies use and manage personal information, the new framework will drastically affect the future of stored personal data and increase company accountability. Such a transformation is likely to disrupt internal data practices within organisations.  Lancashire businesses must make sure they are ready for what lies ahead and not get caught out, as the financial and reputational risk could be significant.’

 

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Andrew Mann
After 34 years working in numerous operational and communications disciplines for three FTSE companies (Yorkshire Electricity; Meggitt and BAE Systems), at over a dozen locations, on 24 November 2016, I became the inaugural editor of Business Lancashire. Business Lancashire is a good news, Lancashire focused, business website and daily newsletter. It is a partnership between The Samuel James Group and the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce. Over the years, I have written hundreds of press releases, features for trade magazines, copy for websites and brochures, edited in-house magazines and newsletters, as well as presenting a radio programme on Chorley FM. This experience has given me the ideal background for editing Business Lancashire.

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  1. Too many businesses are either burying their heads in the sand, ignoring this or simply do not know enough. Most have no idea who within the business would own the responsibility. The reality is that everyone in a business from Management to floor staff, HR to IT, Chief execs to sales… everyone needs to pay attention as this will effect the way we ALL work moving forward. Whether you are a one man band or work in a multi national business. We actually took the initiative to join forces with Boost / Lancashire County Council / Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and a group of specialists to help bust some myths, share expertise, and provide help and support from a Cyber Security, Legal, Marketing and Compliance perspective. We have 2 x Free events on on Lancaster and Preston, and urge all businesses to attend if they can.

    Word of warning – non compliance can result in fines of up to £17M /€20M despite us leaving the EU so this really is worth noting!.

    LANCASTER
    https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lancaster-gdpr-express-sessions-tickets-34028170173

    PRESTON
    https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/preston-gdpr-express-session-tickets-34505987337

    Thanks

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