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Jewellers’ customer data at risk from new EU legislation

Customer engagement specialists, Redblok, have warned that many business owners are unaware of new EU data protection legislation that will impact how businesses in the jewellery and luxury goods sectors can collect, retain and process their customers’ data.

The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) will come into force on 25 May 2018 and will require organisations to comply with a number of new stringent regulations aimed at allowing EU citizens to have more control over their personal data and how it is used.

GDPR will be brought into UK law under a new bill to ensure data protection measures are maintained after the implementation of Brexit.

The government issued a statement of intent for the new Data Protection Bill, which is designed to update and strengthen current data protection laws included in the Data Protection Act 1998, in order to reflect the modern digital economy.

The use of internet technologies to collect customer data has exploded in recent years. However data legislation created prior to the internet age has failed to keep up with this expansion and users’ data has become more at risk from exploitation as a result.

The GDPR aims to curb this abuse by allowing EU citizens:

  • The right to be forgotten
  • Have easier access to data stored about yourself
  • Right to know when your data has been hacked
  • Security by design and by default
  • The right to rectification
  • The right to erasure
  • The right to restrict processing
  • The right to data portability
  • The right to object
  • Rights in relation to automated decision making and profiling

REDBLOK owner Daren Daniels is heading up a campaign to advise businesses on the issues they will face with GDPR as he has concerns that most organisations are unprepared or simply unaware of how the changes could impact them.

Daniels said: “Many of the business leaders I’ve spoken to seem to be unaware of the impacts that the GDPR will have. With the deadline fast approaching, organisations not aware of the legislation need to be acting now.

“There are estimates that even if you start a resubmission campaign now you are only going to subscribe about 60% of your current customer database.”

He added: “Without taking express action, organisations will find it tough to get to these percentages and might risk having to review whether they should keep any data at all. Combine these with harsh penalties for companies who break the rules, and many organisations could have huge problems on their hands.”

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Shekina Tuahene

Shekina is a multimedia journalist who has lived in London all her life. She is an alumnus of University of Greenwich and Brunel. Shekina loves to read, travel, socialise and listen to music. If you have any story or feature ideas, feel free to drop her a line.

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