The importance of protecting data under GDPR

GDPR has featured in the news this week and it acts as a reminder to all businesses, whatever their size, about the importance of protecting customers’ personal data.

The Information Commissioner’s Office has said it will seek to fine British Airways £183 million for infringements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The proposed fine relates to a cyber incident where customer details were harvested by attackers and personal data of approximately 500,000 customers was compromised. British Airways cooperated with the investigation and has indicated that it will appeal.

The GDPR came into force in May 2018 and the association has produced a Guide which highlights the key aspects.

The Information Commissioner’s Office has produced practical advice for small and medium sized businesses on how to comply with the data protection law and how to improve data protection practices, including how to keep employees’ and customers’ personal information secure.

Members can contact the Compliance Team with any questions or if they would like to request an internal audit of their website.

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