Retail Excellence launches GDPR manual for retailers

Retail Excellence, along with the Data Protection Commissioner and Grant Thornton, has launched a General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) manual for retailers to protect their data online.

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6 October 2017 | 0

Retail Excellence has launched a GDPR manual to its membership, in conjunction with the Assistant Data Protection Commissioner, Dale Sutherland and Grant Thornton Partner, Mike Harris. The Data Protection Commissioner’s Offices have approved the manual and its content for circulation to the 1,750 members of the organisation.

The manual will help members around Ireland achieve compliance with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) which are due to come into effect on 25th May 2018.

GDPR means that any company processing personal data will be required to comply with the provisions of the Regulations. Failure to adhere to same could lead to retailers facing fines of up to €20 million or 4% of global turnover, depending on which is greater.

“This new development on the legislative landscape changes the way everyone deals with data,” said Lorraine Higgins, Retail Excellence CEO. “Our member retailers deal with data on a daily basis with their ezines, loyalty schemes and employee information thus it is of huge importance to us that we have them prepared so as to ensure they are fully compliant and insulate them from prosecution.

“The launch of our GDPR document demonstrates our commitment to helping retailers better understand the implications of the regulations and identifies the steps retailers need to take to become compliant so risks of breach are minimised. Our efforts will continue right up to May 2018 and we have planned a number of briefing sessions planned for our members benefit.”

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