You should all be familiar with the Data Protection Act 1998, if you've studied with us, it's something we cover with you in our course manuals.
On the 25th May 2018 the Data Protection Act 1998 is being replaced with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and there will be changes that you as a mobile therapist or a salon owner will have to make.
This blog isn't to go into every detail of the new Regulations but to give you a nudge and keep you on track for when they come into force. The GDPR as with the Data Protection Act 1998 is concerned with the information you hold on your clients, staff, suppliers, potential clients - anyone you come into contact and record details of really. You will need to think about where the information you hold comes from, and who you share or may have to share it with in the future.
Therapists process personal information to enable you to proved a service, promote your services an maintain your accounts and records, you may also use CCTV systems for crime prevention.
The information that you collect may be processed about your clients, staff, or services providers.
The information that you have collected may be shared with the clients, your staff, educators and police forces if requested.
As you can imagine it is vitally important to ensure that you collect and store confidential data and client contact data in accordance with GDPR.
We will be producing more blogs to help you out with this process in the next few months covering your privacy notices, your data protection policies and how you store your clients information.
If you would like to read more about the GDPR or the Data Protection Act 1998 then the Information Commissioners Office has lots of free information and guidance for small business - www.ico.gov.uk