GDPR- what you need to know.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock you cannot fail to have seen on your feed, on the net about GDPR and you might be thinking this is nothing to do with me, well you’d be wrong.

From the 25th May 2018 strict new rules will come into effect regarding protecting customers data.

GDPR is

General Data Protection Regulation

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU) 2016/679 is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union. It addresses the export of personal data outside the EU.

Now before I go any further I’m not an expert but I am aware that I have to take steps to ensure I’m complying with the new requirements.

Facebook and it’s ignorance at how third party apps are capturing all aspects of our data is an example of the increasing importance of keeping data safe.

We as cake makers capture certain aspects of personal data, we collect,store information so whether that be a via a blog, the information required for a cake order,information given via your website or a mailing list, all these aspects will come under GDPR

Some of the information is confusing as I’ve read many articles and I need to commit some time to make the changes but there are a couple links below that might help you understand what is required.

  • Basically it’s keep data safe
  • Breaches of GDPR can lead to hefty fines
  • Applies to sole traders (majority of us cake makers are registered as sole traders)
  • Obviously there are elements regarding how you store and use data and informing customers of how you are managing their data
  • applies to paper documents as well as digitally stored information.

Below are specific links regarding small/micro businesses

https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/making-data-protection-your-business/

https://ico.org.uk/media/1624219/preparing-for-the-gdpr-12-steps.pdf

Also below more in-depth information from the ICO

https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/resources-and-support/data-protection-self-assessment/getting-ready-for-the-gdpr/

I’m sure your now thinking WHAT do I do? Well try not to panic there’s still time to get your head around it,I’m just like you and wasn’t really taking much notice until it was discussed at an event i went to in feb.

I do already try to be careful with data as in not sharing and the recording of information but now I need to look at updating my website with some information, resend out blog subscription info, how I use data from any competitions I run etc etc.

So this blog post is simply for you to be made aware it’s coming so consider this a heads up.

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