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GDPR Implementation Proving Complicated for Black Country Businesses

BCCCAG15 007Today (25th May) marks the official implementation day for GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), which has been implemented to enhance privacy for all individuals across the European Union, including the EEA countries. Another primary motive of the implementation is to further the control that citizens have over their personal data and how it is used by data collectors.

The management and protection of sensitive data has been headline news in recent weeks, particularly with Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg facing questioning from the US Government and European Parliament on how Facebook harvest users data. Companies who are GDPR compliant must be able to prove that they only store data which is relevant and for a limited period.

Julie Cunningham, President of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce, commented: “GDPR can appear extremely complicated for businesses. As a Chamber, we have received a high volume of enquiries from organisations across the region with regards to both the implementation and interpretation of GDPR.

“The multi-faceted nature of the regulations and their implementation means that specific questions for some sectors may not be included in general overviews. Therefore, Black Country Chamber members with specific questions around GDPR should contact their Account Manager here at the Chamber.”

The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) website has a practical section containing useful links and a rundown of changes for specific sectors, including expanded guidance on data protection. Please visit ico.org.uk for more information.

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