WHAT PARTS OF MY BUSINESS WILL IT AFFECT?
The word ‘individuals’ is key to it all. Whether you keep a list of individuals who work for you, people you want to buy from you, those who have already bought from you, suppliers, creditors, debtors, you name it, you are holding personal data.
Because we all use IT systems to power our businesses, GDPR compliance effectively applies to every business. Unless, of course, you don’t keep any paper or electronic files, don’t employ anyone, don’t operate online and have never sold a thing. That’s pretty unlikely. Safe to say, most aspects of your business are affected by GDPR.
IT SITS AT THE HEART OF GDPR
IT systems are the cornerstone of every business. They help us manage everything from hot prospect databases to lists of our best-performing customers, the welfare of people we employ to the suppliers and consultants we use the most.
Great IT is also critical to cross-department, business-wide GDPR compliance. If your systems consider GDPR at every relevant point, it’ll help you go on to achieve compliance.
HOW CAN WE MAKE OUR IT SYSTEMS COMPLIANT?
While we’re not GDPR experts, we know exactly how to make IT systems do smart things. It might mean a few tweaks; it might mean a full-scale system audit or a complete re-think. If you have the internal expertise, it might be wise to get someone external in to double check your IT systems are GDPR-friendly and see the wood for the trees. If you don’t have the in-house IT expertise, you’ll probably benefit from professional help.