Data protection – it’s certainly something we are very aware of in our professional work lives but what about our personal data?
It’s definitely something I’ve given little thought to over the years; yet I’m very aware and fearful of things like credit card fraud after having my card cloned a fair few times; scam phone calls are also on the rise and something I feel like I’m very aware of. But when I click ‘ACCEPT ALL’ to sharing my personal details on a website? I wasn’t aware of how much of my data could potentially be out there…
Rightly currently have a campaign called #MappingMyData which is all about knowing exactly who has access to your data and how to have a ‘data detox’.
I’d given little thought to clicking that little annoying box to accept cookies when visiting a new website – and I know I’m not alone in getting a little bit spooked about my social media knowing what I’m thinking – for example, when you search for discount codes for your favourite brand for it to pop up on Facebook moments later.
General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR as it is abbreviated, was introduced in 2017 and has massively altered and reinforced data protection laws in the UK. It gives you the power to ask any organisation or company what data and information they hold about you – and you can also demand to know what it is being used for and ask for deletion.
This powerful snippet of information means you can take control of your data and control who knows what about you, and how they use any information you do share.
It’s important to know that even once you have shared any of your personal information and data that you can still keep some control over it, and it remains yours!
Rightly can help
So you’ve decided to detox – but where do you even start? The gov.uk website is a good starting place to understand more about how and what your personal data is and how it may be used; and for the full breakdown of GDPR I’ve included a handy link here.
Rightly are passionate about helping you take control and are able to communicate with over 10,000 companies on your behalf to find out exactly who has your information, and once they find out they can help you update or delete it. And it’s free – meaning what may seem like a mammoth task can be easily solved.
I’d love to know your thoughts on data protection, would you consider a data detox? Please share your thoughts on social media with the hashtag #MappingMyData.