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At Acorn we are fully committed to respecting your privacy and the security of our client data. We want you to know we are doing all we can to make sure we protect and secure your data whether an existing client, or a prospective one. With the approach of stronger data protection responsibilities with GDPR we are implementing changes to ensure we are compliant throughout our organisation.

Recent news events such as the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica scandal have brought into sharp focus what can happen in the worst circumstances with people’s personal data. The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) legislation that strengthens and unifies data protection laws with the European Union for individuals is coming into force at the right time, when companies need to illustrate responsibility and respect for the data they collect.

What are we doing to be GDPR compliant?

At Acorn, we are taking many steps across the entire company to ensure we will be ready for the GDPR: from developing clear policies on data access, improving anonymity within our analytics tools, checking the security of our internal servers and data systems, ensuring responsible data sharing internally, and allowing data requests from individuals with their right to access any personal data stored.

Acorn’s GDPR roadmap

Data security and compliance is an ongoing commitment, but the process to make sure we are compliant by 25 May 2018 includes:

  • Thorough research on impact of GDPR to our services and business
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  • Internal meeting of stakeholders for compliance strategy planning
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  • Data protection policies for staff
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  • Data protection policies for client data
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  • Strategies and requirements for internal processes and procedures compliance
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  • Ensuring third party compliance with partners we work with
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  • Minimising data collection for digital marketing/websites.
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  • Strengthening IT and data security
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  • Strengthening Privacy policy and GDPR data request tools
    COMPLETED. IMPROVING.
  • Verifying changes and validating GDPR compliance across organisation
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  • Finalising and communicating full compliance
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You may find more here on our GDPR compliance and privacy policy. To discover more information on your data protection rights visit ico., and the EU GDPR portal.