Here at Hampshire IT Solutions we like to keep a close eye on any forthcoming regulations that will impact our clients. The latest development to be aware of is GDPR, also known as General Data Protection Regulation. It will become enforceable from 25th May 2018. This regulation will dictate the procedures for the control of personal data and the consequences and notifications required for data breaches. It will apply not only to your website but also other areas of your business organisation.
Personal data – This applies to ‘personal data’ – any information relating to an identifiable person who can be directly or indirectly identified.
Consent – All individuals must be provided with accurate information such as the data you are collecting and processing and why. Individuals must give consent to have their data stored and this must be freely given, informed and unambiguous.
Right to be forgotten – Individuals have the right to request that their personal data is deleted or removed, where there is no compelling reason for you to continue to process it.
Notifications of breaches – All organisations must report data breaches to the ICO within 72 hours unless the personal data breach is unlikely to result in a risk to the rights and freedoms of natural persons.
Special categories of data – There are new provisions for certain data such as for children and genetic, medical and biometric data which are more stringent.
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If you are using open source software such as WordPress for your website then it is particularly important that you are aware of any security vulnerabilities and patch them straight away. Proactive website maintenance will be vital. Already the ICO has fined a couple of organisations where data breaches were caused by open source software not being kept up to date.
Thanks to our website solutions being bespoke through design rather than code, Hampshire IT Solutions is able to constantly update the digital framework on which they are built. As soon as the new regulatory compliant plug-ins from WordPress and WooCommerce are released we will implement them across all our client sites as quickly as possible, at no additional cost. This will ensure that all our clients can be GDPR compliant for 25th May 2018 when the new regulations become enforceable.
Established in 2009, Hampshire IT Solutions works with a broad range of dynamic local and regional businesses. We have extensive experience in website design, branding and identity, Social Media, SEO services and hosting services. We’re all about providing digital solutions that give small and medium-sized companies the chance to become big companies. As our clients grow, we grow. We love what we do and we couldn’t consider doing anything else.
To find out more contact Giles Holder on 01264 316 141 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org