Welsh Businesses need to feel the love for GDPR

Valentine’s Day marked 100 days to go until The European Union’s much-talked about GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) becomes UK law, on 25th May, and business owners and managers across Wales are in a race against time to comply – and could face maximum fines of up to €20m, or 4% of revenue if they don’t.

All businesses, local authorities, charities and other organisations which hold personal data need to understand the new law and make changes to how they operate when the GDPR supercedes the current 1998 UK Data Protection Act.

However, it’s a daunting task for many because the new Regulation has been issued as a 100-page legal document by the EU and applies to all data held, including customer information, employee details and even applies to facial recognition in the form of photographs.

Two Welsh-based companies, Serayah Styling & Event Mgt. Ltd. from The Vale of Glamorgan, and Starrd Solutions Ltd., of Pontyclun, near Cardiff, have joined forces to help companies based in Wales understand the new Regulations by offering one-day GDPR Awareness training workshops – currently available in Cardiff, Newport and Swansea – to cut through the legal jargon and offer practical, simplified advice.

“Recent research shows nearly half of all Welsh businesses
don’t think they’ll be ready by the 25th May deadline”

Paul Binning, of Starrd Solutions, and an accredited GDPR Practitioner, said “the new law is wide-reaching and presents a significant shift in the way organisations must protect and use the personal data they hold, as well as offering much greater level of rights to us as individuals. The Regulations are complex and to understand them fully takes a long time. Our one-day workshop breaks down the new law, summarises the basic requirements and helps everyone – from heads of departments to small business owners – to understand what they need to do ahead of 25th May, and beyond.

Every single business must comply with the new regulations, yet recent research shows nearly half of all Welsh businesses don’t think they’ll be ready by the 25th May deadline, and many still know little about what needs to be done.

For more information on the awareness training workshops, go to

www.serayah.co.uk/courses or email training@serayah.co.uk.

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