In 2018, new laws came into place to help protect data and stop theft of data, or people having access to confidential data that they shouldn’t have. Known as GDPR (the General Data Protection Regulation), the new laws came with penalties and fines for people that breached them and forced many organisations to look at how they stored data and to take it more seriously.
As well as businesses, all organisations from councils to schools had to look at the way that they handled their sensitive data to ensure that it fell in line with the new regulations. There is a lot that can be done to protect data, from using a confidential shredding service to ensuring that all data stored electronically is password protected.
For businesses and organisations, putting more thought into data protection is a good thing. Businesses that suffer from data breaches suffer from customer mistrust, as nobody want to think of their details and personal information being stolen.
This is particularly important in certain organisations, such as schools, where the safeguarding of children should be the biggest priority. Whenever there is any stored data of course there is risk – from having a social media account to keeping logs of customer names and addresses, but GDPR is all about minimising that risk and doing the best to ensure that no information can make it’s way into the wrong hands and ultimately, be used for more sinister or illegal purposes.