Whether you are selling products or services, chances are that you if you run any sort of business, then you are handing some element of customer data, and therefore the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will effect you. This will come into force on the 25th May 2018.

With regard to websites in particular, this regulation introduces big changes for online services especially with regard to the use of cookies and similar technologies.

For example, there will be improvements to a customer’s right to access, transfer and delete their personal data which all businesses must comply with. There will also be stricter rules when it comes to reporting requirements in the event of a data breach, new rules when it comes to gathering customer consent in relation to marketing campaigns and much more. All businesses need to take stock of their current data processing procedures and ensure that they comply with GDPR from 25th May 2018. A great starting point for you and your organisation as you prepare for GDPR is to visit and study the Data Protection Commissioner’s dedicated website: GDPRandyou.ie