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General Data Protection Regulations – What you need to know

GDPR is the ‘General Data Protection Regulation’ which from 25th May 2018 will affect every single organisation that collects and even handles data relating to all EU residents.

The age of digital is upon us, and continues to gather pace. GDPR has been introduced to ensure that an individual’s data protection rights are regulated fully.

  • What is the purpose of GDPR?

To simplify the free flow of personal data in the EU by applying a consistent data protection framework across the member states.

  • Who does it apply to?

Every single organisation that collects or handles data relating to EU residents.

  • Why you need to start now.

You need to start preparing now. Ensure that you are fully compliant. GDPR requires organisations to develop clear policies and procedures to protect personal data. You will be required to adopt appropriate technical and organisational measures and ensure that all staff are fully aware of these procedures.

Failure to meet all the requirements could cost you 4% of annual global turnover, or Euro 20 million – whichever is greater! Unfortunately data breaches are commonplace, and increase in scale and severity almost on a daily basis.

  • I’ll do it later!

Don’t under-estimate the length of time if can take to put new policies in place. Consider how you will have to dismantle, recreate, adjust and amend your current data protection policies to ensure you comply! Fines of 4% could quite easily lead to business


UK organisations handling personal data will still need to comply, regardless of Brexit! This has been confirmed by the Information Commissioner.

The GDPR will introduce a number of key changes, which you can read in full at – More information about the GDPR >>

If you want to discuss this with CT Business Solutions to start implementation procedures then get in touch with us on 0161 798 4336, or email eric@ctsmanchester.co.uk.

CT will help you understand GDPR in full

  • Assist in its implementation
  • What to do with international data transfers
  • Data subjects rights and consent
  • Ensuring your staff are aware of your procedures.

Best regards

Eric Arnott ~ Director ~ CT Business Solutions