Small businesses in America may not have paid much attention to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) when the European Union (EU) finalized this new data privacy law. Most of them assumed that the GDPR applies to the business that is in or a part of the EU or is significantly doing well with their businesses. But virtually, GDPR applies to all those businesses that process any kind of personal data on an EU citizen or resident. The GDPR is said to be a drawn-out and impenetrable legal document that has hundreds of divisions to comprehend and address. This compliance may seem to be formidable for many of the small and medium-scaled businesses, but one single destruction will procure to serious concerns. For an example, a major breach of personal data can lead the businesses to large fined, whether the breach was done by the business or not.
But here is a good news – small businesses can now follow these minor steps to get on the right side of the GDPR compliance:
- Regulate how GDPR applies to the businesses – It is a very clever decision to take legal advice from someone who is well versed in both GDPR and the data privacy laws. The major point that needs to be discussed is – what are the types of personal data that the businesses collect. Developing an email database that includes a company’s newsletter to send people, will surely fall under the GDPR compliance because if needed, an EU citizen or resident could sign up.
- Address the data protection shortages – Businesses may also adapt its breach detection and the reporting processes to conform the needs of GDPR, give appropriate training to the staffs on their roles and responsibilities under GDPR and reinforce all the technical control in which the business organizes to protect personal data. Numerous technologies can help businesses with compliance such as data encryption, multiple authentication factors, and server security technologies.
In the end:
Several small businesses in past, have been confused by the GDPR compliance since the time this regulation came into force in May, and while it is daunting at the initial stage, it actually does not need to be. Following these steps diligently can help a business analyze of what it actually needs to do and make advanced progress towards being compliant.