Chamber Chat - Vicky Lofthouse

July 25, 2018 - 2:00pm

Chamber Chat - Vicky Lofthouse

It’s not going away!

The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation came into force nearly two months ago. You could be forgiven for thinking that Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a law created to fill your inbox with warnings from every company you have ever interacted with online that “the privacy policy has changed” and pleas to “just click here so we can stay in touch”.

But GDPR is far more than just the emails. The regulation, seven years in the making, finally came into effect on 25 May, and forced sweeping changes in everything from technology to advertising, and medicine to banking.

The emails may have stopped, and your inbox may look slimmer, but the regulation is here to stay. The regulation is designed to cover the capture, control, and consent to use personal information. It extends the personal privacy laws to protect the data rights of all EU citizens, regardless of Brexit.

GDPR really does affect every business, regardless of size or sector. Why? Because every business has customers as a minimum and those customers will provide you with data. Whether it be contact information, name, telephone number, email address etc or financial information to take payment.

This means your business needs to be GDPR compliant, but please don’t panic. The process really is painless, believe me, I’ve been there and got the t-shirt.

Having greater control and understanding of your data, why you hold it, its purpose and use can be beneficial to your business and ultimately aid productivity.

So, the 25th May wasn’t the end of hearing about GDPR not by a long shot.

The Chamber plans to continue to support businesses on their GDPR journey and have arranged more informative sessions after the summer break. Simply check out the Chamber website for all the details.

Vicky joined Lancaster & District Chamber of Commerce as an Administrator in February 2005 after graduating at Lancaster University with a BA degree in Economics. She has since worked in all areas of the business, focusing on events, international trade and marketing in particular. In July 2013 she was promoted to Chamber Manager and in September 2015 was promoted to Chief Executive Officer. 

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