GDPR compliance guide for smaller businesses

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has set a new standard for data protection, impacting businesses of all sizes. But working towards GDPR compliance in a micro or a small business can feel like an overwhelming task. 

This article is discussing some of the challenges involved, and five key factors that can ease the feeling of overwhelmed. 

It’s also a reminder that with the right solution, the journey towards GDPR compliance doesn’t have to feel complicated! 

Explanation of GDPR compliance

GDPR compliance involves following a set of rules and guidelines aimed at protecting the privacy and personal data of individuals within the European Union (EU). 

Businesses and organisations that process personal data of EU citizens must comply with GDPR, regardless of their world wide location. 

Data protection challenges

If you work in a smaller business, you might recognise some of these challenges: 

  1. Limited Resources: allocate sufficient resources, such as time, staff, and budget.
  2. Lack of Expertise: missing in-house expertise in data protection and may require external support or training. 
  3. Evolving Regulations: keeping up with changes and updates to data protection regulations. 

Key Factors to keep track of

If you’re aware of how to work with these five key factors, you have started the journey towards GDPR compliance: 

  1. Data Mapping: identify and document the types of personal data collected, processed, stored, and shared within the business.
  2. Privacy Policy: develop and maintain a clear and transparent privacy policy that informs individuals (data subjects) about their rights and the processing of their personal data.
  3. Data Protection Impact Assessments (DPIAs): conduct DPIAs to identify and minimise risks associated with data processing activities.
  4. Data Subject Rights: establish processes to handle data subject requests, such as the right to access, rectify, erase, or object to the processing of personal data.
  5. Data Breach Response: implement a data breach response plan to report and manage incidents promptly and effectively.

Personal data processing shouldn’t feel complicated, and that is the reason Pinteg has developed Fairity to help. 

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