ECCB 14Online Magazine

May, 2018

The Need for GDPR Compliance

With the new GDPR looming, you may be one of the few companies frantically trying to beat the deadline. You must be on your toes day and night trying to streamline your process and come up with new strategies to make sure you are not caught flat-footed when the inspectors come knocking.

Even if the past projects don’t fall within the requirements of the new regulations, it is a fact that upcoming projects in your company will include an element of GDPR, which means you need to be fully prepared for anything.

The Basics

So, why is everyone talking about GDPR, and how different is this law compared to the previous legislation that has been in effect?

    1. The Scope

First, GDPR goes well beyond merely safeguarding client data against misuse. Traditionally, the former law targeted email addresses and telephone numbers; GDPR goes beyond this. It seeks to apply strict rules against any data that relates to EU citizens, including names, usernames and IP addresses.

Additionally, there is no clear distinction between the information that you hold on a personal or business or individual capacity – the whole data is classified as personal data that identifies your client and is therefore regulated by the GDPR.

This scope is the one that has made businesses to sit up and notice and try to comply. The strict interpretation of the law forces the business to comply with the new regulations. To make things even more stringent, the rule doesn’t not only apply to the data that is acquired after 25th may 2018, but also the information that you already have in your database.

    1. Consent

You need to gather approval for any actions you intend to take on the data. Conventionally, you only asked for permission when you needed to use the data. This isn’t sufficient anymore. This means that if you buy a list of contacts from a vendor to use for marketing purposes, you stand to be prosecuted. The action of purchasing contact list is not obsolete and attracts hefty fines.

So, if you have a list of clients whom you have sent marketing messages before, without them giving you consent, you need to discard it or get their consent.

The Steps to Compliance

With just a few days to the deadline, you need to be already compliant. If you aren’t, you need to start the process immediately. The best way to do this is to make sure you get a company to help you. Don’t go for just any company but opt for a company that understands, and has experience working in information security to put the various modules in place and to make sure you beat the deadline.

    1. Know Your Data

You need to map your data and understand the kind of data you hold in the database. You need to know how the data is stored and accessed by the business, a process that helps to point out any compliance gaps and helps you take the necessary steps towards compliance. You are also seeking to understand the areas that need consent and how you can implement it.

    1. Appoint the right staff.

You need to appoint the right staff to handle the compliance process. One personnel you must have is the Data Protection Officer. This will be in charge of all aspects of GDPR will also act as the primary contact between the company and the authorities.

    1. Train the Team

You need to make sure that anyone with access to the data receives the necessary training within the context of GDPR.

Final Thoughts

Make sure you stay within the regulations when GDPR sets in. To do this, you need to be fully prepared.

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Where to Find a Good Wedding Singer

Your big day is fast approaching and like any other soon-to-wed couple, you want every piece to fall into place. You know that entertainment is an integral part of your ceremony so you want to get it right. More specifically, you’re looking for a good wedding singer to spice up the day. The biggest question, however, is where to get a good singer who can deliver. These tips will help you get started.

Attend Your Friend’s Wedding

One of the easiest ways to find a singer for your wedding is, well, to grace your friend’s wedding. Of course, there has to be a singer who’s performing. The primary benefit of taking this route is that you’ll be able to see the singer in performance. By extension, you can gauge his or her abilities and determine if they’re in line with what you want.  Also, it offers a good chance to interact with the singer and ask him or her about the charges and availability. Don’t forget to take the singer’s contacts if you think they can offer what you’re looking for.

Visit the Singer’s Website

At times you may not have the time to attend your friend’s wedding. Besides, there’s always the probability that no one you know is getting married around the same time as yourself. Don’t worry though; we’re living in the era of internet connectivity and you can always find your ideal wedding singer at the click of a button.

Most singers have websites where you can view the services they offer and the rates. All you got to do is to search for a singer based on your location. Here’s a good example of where to find a wedding singer in Staffordshire if that’s your area of residence. The good thing about this approach is that you can know what to expect in advance. Plus, you can read reviews from other customers and their experiences.

Ask for Referrals

Sometimes, all you got to do is ask. If you have a friend who held a wedding a couple of months or years earlier, you may consider asking them to refer you to their wedding singer. Even though you may not have the first-hand experience with the singer, you can always trust that your friend had a good experience with him or her. Put differently, you don’t expect your pal to refer you to a wedding singer if he or she performed dismally at their event.

The Bottom Line

Finding a good, reliable wedding singer can be easier said than done. You have to start your search early enough and narrow down your options a few days to the big day. As a rule of thumb, look for one who can do more than singing. You want a seasoned performer who can DJ and throw some jokes once in a while. Needless to say, you can only hire a wedding singer whose charges are within your budget estimates.  And if you have no idea where to start, be sure to delegate the duty to your planner.

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