General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is now in force. Whether your business is ready or still not prepared, large or small, you potentially will be affected by this change in the law.

It can sound and is scary at many levels, but it is also a huge opportunity for businesses to audit, review and improve the way your business handles data and this is a real benefit for you and your customers if you get it right.

There is no need to panic! Many of the GDPR central concepts and principles remain the same as those in the current Data Protection Act (DPA). So the good news is if you are already compliant then you are starting from a strong foundation.

The take-home message regarding GDPR is to have a plan and maintain it!

You need an audit plan that provides a GDPR summary that you can then use to ensure that you work towards company-wide GDPR compliance. One person working in isolation on GDPR within your organisation is highly likely to fail. Multi-Disciplinary teams from Legal, IT, HR, for example, all need to collaborate. It is a mistake to assume that GDPR is just an IT or HR issue. Buy-in from a senior level within your organisation is also critical. This is to ensure that GDPR remains a boardroom level agenda and the audit plan is implemented now the deadline has passed.

Are your business systems affected by the GDPR?

If your systems collect any personal information internally or externally, e.g. name, date of birth, financial, medical, educational or employment then you need to be GDPR compliant.

The GDPR apply to how you store and process data and extends to how you manage, audit, retrieve and remove data not just in the UK but globally. Having an audit plan is an essential tool which we can help you put in place.

 

How can Magma help?

Magma has 19 years experience in developing bespoke software systems and improving legacy software systems. We have worked with organisations across diverse sectors to help them increase the security around sensitive data, achieve data security compliance and enhance system performance.

 

Audit and Consultancy Stages

Conduct an audit of systems and review code
Migrate data and implement system changes
Supporting you to build a plan to maintain compliance

 

The GDPR is a game changer for all organisations regardless of size, the penalties for breach are substantial. Systemic changes for your company will be resource intensive and time-consuming therefore you need to act now to find out where your data is held, how secure it is and whether you are going to be able to meet your compliance obligations. We can work with you onsite or remotely, we can support your Data Protection Officer and help you audit and improve your data security, data protection and help you avoid a data protection breach.

 

To find out more about how we can ensure you are and stay GDPR compliant call us on 0845 241 6460 or email info@magmadigital.co.uk