The Alliance includes prominent Welsh organisations in the fields of law, software and IT, information security and standards consulting. It was created to raise awareness and to provide a single point of access to the range of expertise and skills any business will need to become GDPR compliant.
GDPR aims to harmonise data protection laws across the EU and provide stronger rights for individuals that reflect the monumental increase in the use of technology and data in business and personal lives. To meet the new standards required, all businesses need to have in place comprehensive but proportionate measures to minimise the risk of breaches and uphold the protection of personal data.
The importance of organisations taking GDPR seriously are reflected in the potential increase in fines that rise from a maximum of £500,000 under the current Data Protection Act to the new higher amount of EUR20,000,000 or 4% of annual worldwide group turnover.
Chris Roberts, co-founder of the Alliance with Amit Singh (both of Highend Software), said “With only 12 months to run before the legislation comes in to force, we recognised that large numbers of companies were struggling to understand the impact on their organisation and the steps they need to take. We concluded that by creating this Alliance, the first of its kind in the UK, to act as a centre of excellence it would benefit businesses as the compliance deadline fast approaches.”
Founding members of the Alliance include Acuity Legal, Burnt Wolf, Business Doctors, Geldards, Highend Software, Penarth Management, Pervade Software, PiSys.net, Stratel and Wolfberry.
John Merrick, Director of Pisys.net said “Data protection is now one of the most important aspects of digital security yet businesses are still operating in a manner that not only exposes the data they use but the business as a whole. Through effective IT security measures, we are confident the Alliance will ensure businesses meet compliance standards and prevent unnecessary fines as the deadline approaches”.
As well as providing support relevant to their expertise, the Alliance members will provide organisations with guidance on what steps to take, regular updates on the implementation timetable and a calendar of planned events to increase awareness.