Once an office talking point that sparked friendships and romances nationwide, GDPR is now very last year. Like we did with Gareth Southgate’s waistcoat, we all had our fun with it and collectively moved on.
Or did we?
Earlier this year, Talend Research claimed that around 75% of UK organisations still aren’t GDPR-compliant. Niggling doubts about the legislation are now becoming major concerns for key decision makers who desperately want to avoid being slapped with major fines. And we’re here to help you put those worries to bed for good.
What is GDPR?
In case you needed a refresh (although we suspect that the definition is singed into your memory for eternity) the EU’s dedicated GDPR help page outlines what the legislation entails:
“GDPR reshapes the way in which sectors manage data, as well as redefines the roles for key leaders in businesses, from CIOs to CMOs. CIOs must ensure that they have watertight consent management processes in place, whilst CMOs require effective data rights management systems to ensure they don’t lose their most valuable asset – data.”
Before anything else, this means you need to be able to access all of your data. And as you well know, the legacy systems of yesteryear don’t exactly lend themselves to the complete visibility that GDPR demands. Fortunately enough, there is an easy get-out to this conundrum.
What can help you to comply?
There is only one way you can comply with GDPR with relative ease – that is if you don’t want to spend the rest of your days poring over your organisation’s vast data stores, manually categorising all of the personal data you’ve ever collected.
All-in-one, cloud-based solutions are the answer. In software suites like Microsoft Dynamics 365, all of your customer data is centralised and accessible, meaning that you can prove that you know exactly where your records are and aren’t. This means that you won’t be woken up in the middle of the night with Brussels knocking at your door.
If you’re unsure about your compliance, check and check again
In January, Google were hit with a £44 million fine for breaching GDPR. While your organisation is unlikely to be stung by anything like those numbers, the example is still important. No-one – and we mean no-one – can afford to be complacent about data in the age of GDPR.
If you want to gain more visibility over your data, get in touch with us through our contact page