Effective Date: May 25th 2018
Our Commitment to GDPR
#1 WHAT IS IT?
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), is a European privacy law approved by the European Commission in 2016 and will go into effect May 25th 2018. The GDPR will replace a prior European Union privacy directive known as Directive 95/46/EC which has been the basis of European data protection law since 1995.
The GDPR is an attempt to strengthen, and modernize EU data protection law and enhance individual rights and freedoms, consistent with the European understanding of privacy as a fundamental human right. The GDPR regulates, among other things, how individuals and organizations may obtain, use, store, and remove personal data. In a nutshell, it’s giving EU citizens and residents control over their personal data while simplifying the regulatory environment for international business that takes place in the EU.
The Data Protection Principles include requirements such as:
- Personal data collected must be processed in a fair, legal, and transparent way and should only be used in a way that a person would reasonably expect.
- Personal data should only be collected to fulfill a specific purpose and it should only be used for that purpose. Organizations must specify why they need the personal data when they collect it.
- Personal data should be held no longer than necessary to fulfill its purpose.
- People covered by the GDPR have the right to access their own personal data. They can also request a copy of their data, and that their data be updated, deleted, restricted, or moved to another organization.
#2 WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
GDPR adds some new requirements regarding how companies should protect individuals’ personal data that they collect and process. It also raises the stakes for compliance by increasing enforcement and imposing greater fines for breach. Beyond these facts it’s simply the right thing to do. At Trevor McHaffie Marketing we strongly believe that your data privacy is very important and we already have solid security and privacy practices in place that go beyond the requirements of this new regulation.
#3 TREVOR MCHAFFIE MARKETING COMMITMENT TO DATA PRIVACY AND GDPR COMPLIANCE
Below is an overview of what we have done or are in the process of doing to meet the new regulation requirements.
#4 COMPANY WIDE UPDATES
We have conducted a company wide review of all our current data capture, processing and storage procedures.
We have notified all of our existing users of these all policy changes so that they may review and re-accept them if they wish to continue being a customer.
#5 [DPA] DATA PROCESSING ADDENDUM (DATA PROCESSING AGREEMENT)
In efforts to fully comply with the GDPR we have take an in depth look at all the processes currently implemented across all our websites and tools. While HLS does in fact collect data from its visitors and its users across all of our websites we can definitively say that Higher Level Strategies Inc. does not “process data” on behalf of its customers. Since we do not process third party data a DPA is not needed.
If you have any questions or concerns please let us know before using any of our Websites or Services..
We’ve implemented a cookie consent form on all of our websites. This acceptance form is displayed to all visitors until accepted. The acceptance from is displayed for all websites, so you will be required to accept our policy for each of our sites individually. We log this action and maintain a record of your acceptance, should you ever request proof in the future.
#8 DATA INVENTORY
#9 UPDATES TO OUR THIRD PARTY VENDOR CONTRACTS
We are working with our customers to answer any questions and address any concerns regarding how we protect their personal data in accordance with the GDPR. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.