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Is GDPR Still Applicable When The UK Leaves The EU?

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I’m sure you are already aware that the UK is finally set to leave the EU on January 31st, 2020. However, one of the many things causing confusion is whether or not the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) will still be applicable after this date or can they just be ignored? 

To help clarify the position for UK businesses the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) have issued advice urging companies to continue to uphold GDPR as part of their ongoing systems and processes. In an official statement in 2018 after the UK decided to leave the EU, the Information Commissioner’s Office explained that the Data Protection Act will remain as part of UK law but that GDPR may not continue to be applicable. However, they also stated that if the UK wishes to successfully negotiate a trade deal with the EU then they will need to deliver equivalent assurances around data protection, which could be interpreted as the UK requiring to enforce data protection laws that are equal to the European Union.

The full details of the Information Commissioner’s Office statement can be found here: “With so many businesses and services operating across borders, international consistency around data protection laws and rights is crucial both to businesses and organisations and to consumers and citizens. The ICO’s role has always involved working closely with regulators in other countries, and that would continue to be the case.”

Most businesses in the UK will trade with EU customers to some degree or another and will want to see this relationship continue and grow. If your business falls into this camp then you need to continue to provide the same level of data protection as the EU and this means adhering to GDPR. GDPR is applicable to any business that works with EU customers, whether you are an EU member state or not, also, leading experts predict that as it leaves the EU the UK will develop its own data protection laws that closely mirrors those specified by GDPR. As a result the most sensible approach for any UK business to take as we leave the European Union is to continue to adhere to the standards of GDPR, it will future proof your business and ensure a high standard of service for all of your customers.

How Can Computer Recycling Help With GDPR?

In basic terms, GDPR makes you and your business responsible for the security and handling of your customers data and this also applies to data that you are no-longer using. So as your IT equipment comes to the end of life it’s important to not only consider the environmental impacts of your computer disposal but also the secure deletion of any personal data it has stored. It is for this reason that it’s important to engage a professional computer recycling company like Buy IT Back when disposing of any IT equipment.

For more information on how Buy IT Back can ensure that you are GDPR compliant please call us on 01621 786860 for some free advice or contact us here.

The Importance Of Data Shredding

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As our use of technology grows, it is becoming increasingly important to ensure your hardware and data is secure. Unfortunately, cyber crime is on the increase so we all need to ensure confidential data doesn’t get into the wrong hands.

At Buy IT Back, we want to protect your unwanted confidential data from unauthorised use from third parties and minimise the risk to your business. So, whether you’re disposing or recycling old hardware such as redundant servers, PCs, telephones and hard disk drive (HDD) storage, you must follow a safe and reliable disposal method.

Our data erasure and shredding services ensure you adhere to the HMG Infosec5 Enhanced Standard and above, for each HDD you supply to use. By adopting such high standards, as used by the UK Government, we can give you peace of mind when securely erasing and shredding your data.

Why choose Buy IT Back?

We recommend HDD shredding to effectively and securely erase all the relevant data to minimise the risk to your business. At Buy IT Back we offer:

  • A professional and comprehensive service based upon 25 years’ experience.
  • HDD shredding with full certification to ensure your business remains compliant with the relevant legislation.
  • On-site or off-site data shredding based upon your requirements.
  • Highly competitive rates and cost effective services.

Our team of experts can discuss your requirements and inform you of the necessary steps required to provide a hassle-free disposal method for your old data. Plus, we aim to keep the whole process as cost effective as possible, as we will investigate the possibility of offsetting your data erasure costs against the residual value of your hardware.

Trusted products

We want to give you peace of mind that your data is being disposed of in a safe and secure manner. Therefore, we use a range of specific, highly rated products including Blancco, Tabernus and Killdisk Professional.

Alternatively, if you have another software package you would prefer to use, we are more than happy to discuss this with you and adapt to your requirements. Ultimately, we want you to be confident with the solution we provide and ensure we adhere to your company regulations too.

Talk to our experts

Contact us now via email or ring 01621 786860 for further information and to receive a free quote for your data erasure and shredding needs.

GDPR Still Relevant to the UK, despite Leaving the EU

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The UK made the decision to leave the European Union in June and this left many people wondering what this meant for the latest EU reforms and changes to data protection law. The General Data Protection Regulations which are due to be fully implemented by May 2018 will theoretically no longer apply to the United Kingdom but this doesn’t mean they can be ignored. This is what the UK Information Commissioner’s Office is saying and they are urging companies to continue their work towards any changes and improvements to their processes.

The Information Commissioner’s Office has released a statement after the UK’s decision to leave the EU. They have explained that the Data Protection Act will remain the law of the land but the GDPR will not be directly applicable. However, they further asserted that if the UK wishes to be able to trade with the single market on equal terms then they will need to deliver, in their own words, ‘adequacy’ which translates as the UK requiring data protection standards which equal those in the rest of Europe.

The ICO’s statement said: “With so many businesses and services operating across borders, international consistency around data protection laws and rights is crucial both to businesses and organisations and to consumers and citizens. The ICO’s role has always involved working closely with regulators in other countries, and that would continue to be the case.”

Many business owners have EU clients and to be able to continue to work with these clients, UK businesses need to deliver the same high level of data protection and security as the EU demands from its companies. The GDPR is applicable to all companies who work with EU clients and hold data of EU citizens so for many companies they will have to comply with the legislation, despite not being based in an EU member state. Most experts believe the UK will develop its own legislation which mirrors the expectations laid out in the GDPR and may even have the same level of penalties involved. This will ensure UK businesses remain on par with those in Europe and companies will European clients or offering their services to EU nationals, will not be shut out.

The right level of compliance is essential for all businesses who want to continue to work with EU businesses. Higher levels of data protection and security can only mean better things for business, ensuring a higher level of service is delivered to clients around Europe.

How can Buy IT Back help you become GDPR compliant?

For more information in how Buy IT Back can help you to become GDPR compliant please call us directly on 01621 786860 for some free advice.

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