Help, toolkits and support.

HM Network have brought together a group of specialist businesses who can help with all manner of your GDPR queries and requirements. The #GDPRexpress team can review, advise, support, assess, train, test and everything else in between.

Our aim is two fold:
1) to raise awareness in general at our free to attend express events.
2) to provide access to tailored support options no matter how large or small your organisation, and no matter what you do. A lot of things are common sense and things people should have been doing already, other more complex things may need professional help which you might need to allocate some budget to.

We have seen hundreds of businesses at our GDPRexpress sessions so far, and it is evident that businesses still have an awful lot to do.

It is vital that businesses understand that there is no magic wand that will automatically make their organisation GDPR compliant. Attending a free seminar will not make you compliant. It may provide you with some useful pointers but you will almost certainly need to document what data you hold, who has access, why you have it, what you do with it, what your policies are regarding X Y and Z…

As the ICO state, getting ready requires “board level support”. Even if you don’t have a board then you will still need to have buy in from management and all of your staff.


Video from the ICO

Teaming up:
Following conversations with a number of councils, chambers of commerce and ERDF supported growth programmes like Boost, HM Network have teamed up with some key professionals in a number of specialist fields, to help share knowledge. To provide support for businesses who need help making the necessary changes to how they work, and who want to make steps towards becoming compliant. If need be they can even come together to provide pretty much an end to end solution to help you address your GDPR woes, but it will need YOUR buy in an YOUR support. No one can do it all for you.

Too small?
This will affect all businesses that hold any type of personal customer / staff data that can be traced back to an individual whether B2B or B2C. Whether you market to customers or simply hold staff records this will affect you in some way. No market sector is outside the scope – some sectors are even classed as ‘sensitive’. So where do you sit?

Consequences?
The potential Financial consequences of Data Breaches could result in fines of €10M / 2% of Global turnover or, for serious breaches, €20M / 4% of Global turnover whichever is higher.

Smaller Businesses especially have asked us how can the ICO impose fines of this kind of magnitude. It all depends how serious the breach is. Even if you get a small fine like the one the Video Game rentals company got recently of £60,000 it is enough to cause serious cash flow problems for a small business but it is repututional damage that could be worse.

Whether you run a marketing company, store customer data from loyalty cards, have XLS spreadsheets of names and addresses this probably WILL affect you. Regardless of Brexit GDPR will still be adopted in the UK under the recently announced Data Protection Bill. See https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-to-strengthen-uk-data-protection-law

Action and fines are already being imposed for non compliance under the current laws where the maximum fines £500,000 https://ico.org.uk/action-weve-taken/enforcement/

Reputation?
Some of your B2B or B2C partners may not be able to do business with you if you are non-compliant and lastly the reputational effect to customers of not treating the protection of data privacy seriously means steps must be taken. Imagine if you are found to be non compliant and a report pulblished on the ICO like shown in the paragraph above. These sorts of things would show up in search engine results and could be detrimental to your image and may potentially lose you business.

So, your questions to ask are:

● What to prepare and understand your current situation?
● Do I need a Data Protection Officer (DPO)? Not everyone will so don’t fret.
● How to ensure your business becomes and stays compliant?
● Could a competitor use GDPR against us?
● Do we have the knowledge and resources internally? If not
● Who can help providing advice throughout the process?

Expert support is available from many places, including our extended network of specialists, covering:

• Data Connectivity and digital marketing
• The legal implications of data privacy and GDPR
• Cyber security advice (serious crime squad / cyber security specialists)
• Data Protection Audit Services, Training, GDPR processes and advice
• Data Disposal / Hardware recycling advice and more…

HELP AVAILABLE FOR ALL

Contact to see how we can help your organisation with it's GDPR and Cyber Security preparations

You are more than welcome to call us if you have any questions on 03333 444 190
or email info@hm-network.com and we can get you talking with someone who can help.

We can help

We are holding a number of events with professional speakers covering a variety of key GDPR subjects. Watch this space for news of the next venues.