If you’ve been getting up to speed with the EU’s new General Data Protection Rules (GDPR), you might just have wondered
what it will take to get compliant.
One answer, of course, is that might not need to. If you don’t trade in the EU and hold no personal data from anyone within the EU, the GDPR doesn’t affect your business. However, Australian and New Zealand businesses can expect to have to upgrade their privacy practices when data regulations in those countries are revised. Streamline thinks that making yourself compliant with GDPR is a great way to get ahead of those new regulations.
If you do opt for compliance, here’s a taste of what it might look like. These are some of the steps the streamline team is taking to meet GDPR:
Advising visitors to our website that we track their visit using cookies and third-party analytical tools. This advisory will take the form of a pop-up presented when you first view the site.
Revising our terms and conditions document.
Collaborating with customers for whom we hold the personal data of people within the European Union to ensure interactions with those people are GDPR-compliant.
Over the last couple of months you’ve no doubt been besieged by emails from all sorts of different companies wanting to tell you about changes to their privacy policies.
There’s a reason for them: the General Data Protection Rules (GDPR), a new set of data protection rules from the European Union. The GDPR comes into effect on 25 May. Any business operating in the EU needs to get its data privacy practices up to speed, and quickly – thus the need to email you about how they’re going to treat your data from now on.
What does this mean for you? Apart from wading through all those privacy advisories, it means this: if you’re in business and you hold personal data about anyone within the EU, you need to get your head around the GDPR and, quite possibly, make some changes to the way you handle that data.
Streamline’s view is that GDPR is an opportunity for any business, no matter where it is based, to update its privacy practices. If you’re based in Australia or New Zealand, you’ll know that data protection legislation is under review in both countries and it’s very likely that those new rules will require upgraded practices in any case. Why not comply with GDPR and get ahead of the new Australian and NZ rules at the same time?
Where to start? We recommend a spot of self-education, using these resources. They’re refreshingly non-legal and, with one exception, they’re aimed at New Zealand businesses. Dive in, get informed, and get your data protection sorted now:
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