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GDPR is coming!

GDPR is the General Data Protection Regulation. It is a new piece of European legislation that was finally adopted on 27th April 2017 after several false starts. It will come into force on 25th May 2018 across Europe, and it will apply not only to any organisation situated in the EU, but also to any organisation that processes the personal data of EU citizens regardless of where they are situated.

Protecting you and the data you handle is our top priority. On this page, you will find the latest news, events, tools and resources to help you get your organisation GDPR ready.

For further information on what your organisation should be doing in preparation for GDPR and how we can help you, attendance at the SD Worx Conference 2018 will provide you with fulfilling advice and detailed insight on the upcoming legislation.

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What is GDPR?

Our Head of Legal, Leon Daniel, has written some useful information on GDPR and what it might mean for your organisation. This is the first of a series of articles on the steps we are taking at SD Worx to ensure GDPR compliance.

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First Steps Towards GDPR Compliance

Continuing on from his previous article, Leon Daniel talks through the steps we are taking at SD Worx in preparation for the legislation and also offers a description of the business areas that need to be engaged in GDPR readiness and why.

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The cost of non-compliance

Poor preparation for GDPR could result in the following serious consequences for your organisation: 

  • Severe reputational damage
  • Fines of up to €20m or 4% of global annual turnover 
  • Potentially uncapped compensation paid out to individuals who have suffered as a result of infringement
  • Insolvency or closure as a result of the heavy fines imposed by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO)

Compliance of SD Worx products

The General Data Protection Regulation has established a new set of rights that apply to all organisations that process and handle the data of EU individuals. The Regulation also strengthens some of the rights set out under the Data Protection Act 1998.

We take GDPR as seriously as you do. For this reason, we are working towards making our product range as fully-compliant with the Regulation as possible.

ISO 27001

SD Worx UK, Ireland & Mauritius have achieved full ISO 27001 certification for the design, development, and provision of HR and Payroll Software and Services in all our operational activities. You can read the press release here.

Achieving ISO 27001 accreditation ensures that we can fully demonstrate that we are following information security best practices.

As we have gained certification ahead of the implementation of GDPR legislation in May 2018, we now have an excellent starting point for achieving the technical and operational requirements necessary to prevent a data breach.

Why HR should have a key role in GDPR success

HR will be familiar with current data protection laws and the processes an organisation has in place to support them. It’s important to know what processes are already in place so that these can be extended to cover the new legislation. Charlie Knox, Head of Technology at SD Worx, talks through HR's potential role in the upcoming draft legislation for GDPR.

The potential fines have been described as ‘eye-watering’ alongside the reputational risk of being found as non-compliant has focused minds around this issue of responsibility. As a result, many companies have reached a consensus – to make this change happen successfully Human Resources have a key, if not leading role to play.

Charlie Knox, Head of Technology, SD Worx UK & Ireland

SD Worx Conference 2018

The SD Worx Conference 2018 is set to provide delegates with a wealth of knowledge and inspiration and will pay heavy attention to GDPR both at a national and international level.

If you would like to hear from industry leaders on the subject and gain insight on GDPR readiness, register your interest for a place at our annual Conference.

GDPR Polls

Have your say! Share your views on GDPR via our interactive polls.

To what extent will GDPR impact your business operations?

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    Significant impact

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    Moderate impact

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    No impact at all

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Are you confident that your organisation will be fully compliant for GDPR by May 2018?

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    Somewhat so

Which department within your organisation will be impacted the most with meeting GDPR compliance?

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    HR and/or Payroll

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    IT and Technology

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