Do you keep a note of names, addresses or telephone numbers? No problem if this is entirely in a private and social capacity as you are exempt from the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which comes into force on 25 May 2018. But problems loom if this is in the course of your business, commercial or professional role.
Ask yourself this: can a living person be identified from the data you hold? For example can you tie the person’s name to an email address or a telephone number? If the answer is yes you almost certainly need to look at the General Data Protection Regulation.
All businesses must be prepared for the EU General Data Protection Regulations which will cover all personal data used and stored by business with very few exceptions. Penalties for infringement can be high, as much as £17 million or 4% of global turnover. The regulations come into force on 25 May so action is needed now. Continue reading “Names and addresses: beware!”