GDPR is happening and it'll change how you work with data. After 15 years in Information Security & Data Protection, here's some simple tips to avoid some terrible advice I've seen being handed out.
We all remember a few years ago when lots of “Social Media Experts” popped up and wanted to manage your social media for you – it was a veritable wild west of cowboys out to take your money, with varying levels of experience and delivery.
Ironically it turns out the guy who promoted himself as a cowboy has panned out to be one of the best…. Todd walked the walk and did the delivery and he's well known in 4N now, years later.
But, what happened to all the others? Largely, when they realised the bandwagon wasn’t quite big enough they fell off and left their customers high and dry.
Most of you will have heard of GDPR – it’s the new EU General Data Protection Regulation which comes into effect on 25th May 2018. It’s got some teeth and we might all have to do things a bit differently if we want to comply with the new law.
It’s actually a good opportunity to set yourself apart from competitors and show your customers you treat their data seriously – you know, the same way you’d want your own data treated!
But, with change comes experts. Lots of them. They can take your money and tell you how to make sure you're GDPR compliant… in that order.
I’ve seen no end of people pop up as newly “minted” EU GDPR Experts, in the hope of becoming figuratively minted too. I’ve even seen some of the advice these people are giving and questions they are asking… wow.
Now, not all folks giving GDPR advice are duff – and unlike social media I’ve not seen one wearing a cowboy outfit outright yet. So, here’s some tips to spot folks you really shouldn’t take GDPR advice from:
So, DO make sure you are taking GDPR seriously and putting everything necessary in place to comply with it, but DON'T PANIC by rushing into the arms of the first "GDPR expert" who wants to take money from you!