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What Small Businesses Need To Know About GDPR

As a small business owner there can be a lot to keep on top of. One thing you can’t afford to overlook though is GDPR.

This is the General Data Protection Regulation that was introduced across Europe last year and that’s having an impact on businesses around the world.

A recent article for Forbes highlighted some of the key things that small businesses need to be aware of to ensure they’re compliant. Fines for breaches under GDPR can be substantial, so it’s worth taking the time to get this right.

Firstly, you need to make sure it’s clear to any customers what data you’re collecting and how it will be used. If you send out regular emails, you need to make sure people have opted in to receive them.

GDPR legislation also states that any EU citizen has the right to request that their data be deleted from your database at any time. That means you need to ensure it’s easy for you to comply with any such requests, as well as to make it clear how people can make such a request.

You also need to ensure you’re aware of the rules regarding data destruction. Make sure you hire a firm experienced in confidential data destruction if you decide to get rid of any records, particularly those you hold on paper.

UK-based businesses will need to make sure they remain compliant once the UK leaves the EU. The Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy recently published advice to help companies keep on top of their data protection obligations as the UK exits the EU.

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