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An estimated 3 out of 4 businesses based in Leeds are not ready for a major change in the law regarding storage and protection of private data.


The General Data Protection Regulation – GDPR – starts in May 2018. And it carries huge fines for companies that break the rules.  “Businesses can be fined up to 4% of their turnover,” explained computer expert Stuart Crane, owner of local IT support company Everon. “This new law starts in May 2018. The majority of businesses round here don’t even know about the change; never mind being prepared for it.” 


GDPR will force most businesses to rethink how they treat private data.


There are four areas businesses must comply with:


1. The definition of private data will be expanded to include anything could identify an individual, which affects marketing and advertising campaigns.


2. People will have the right to see all data held about them, and sometimes ask for it to be deleted.


3. Businesses must be more proactive in protecting data, and tell people within 72 hours if their data is lost.


4. Businesses that share data with other firms (i.e. suppliers) must ensure they also have appropriate safeguards..


The government has confirmed that GDPR will apply regardless of what is happening with Brexit in May 2018.