The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is new legislation that is due to come into action within the EU on May 25th 2018. Although the UK has now begun the process of leaving the EU and negotiations have started, GDPR will still come into place and affect all UK businesses and the way that they operate must comply with this new legislation.
GDPR will apply after Brexit
It’s also important to remember that GDPR regulations will apply within the EU market even once the UK has left the EU, so any UK companies that want to do business within the EU must also meet the standards set for GDPR. Therefore companies should be working towards becoming GDPR certified now in order to future-proof their business ready for these regulations to take full effect.
Future requirements of the regulation
The GDPR is set to include tighter rules about how personal information is used, and businesses will need to put sufficient measures in place to ensure that this information is kept confidential at all times, from acquisition right through to storage and eventually disposal. One key element to this is the right to be forgotten, which states that personal information must be securely disposed of once it has served the purpose it was obtained for, and once it is no longer needed, and it must be deleted at the request of the person it concerns at any time it is requested to do so.
How can shredding help companies meet GDPR requirements?
Shredding can help companies to meet GDPR requirements by providing an effective way of disposing of data securely to prevent access by third parties. It should leave documents containing sensitive data unrecoverable once the shredding process has been completed. Unfortunately often this takes a huge amount of time to do by hand, and standard office shredders are not always sufficient to ensure that documents are destroyed completely. Shred-on-Site offers on-site shredding services that involves documents being shredding through their specially designed vehicles to ensure that shredding takes place to a high level that complies with GDPR requirements.
Secure storage before destruction
Shredding primarily comes into play when it comes to destruction of data, but storage before destruction is also important. Shred-on-Site also offer a range of secure storage solutions for businesses looking for a security-compliant way to store their documents until they are next collected for shredding on site.
Find out more about Shred-on-Site’s on-site shredding services and how they could help future-proof your company to meet GDPR requirements by giving us a call today on 0800 181 4106.
Author: Mark Coombes, Follow me on Google+