Statistics show that 9/10 people are concerned about their personal data. Are you? In today’s data driven world we need to be aware that everything we share online is processed and stored and that the companies in question are responsible for keeping it safe. But what if they aren’t? How can you find out if you are the victim of a data breach? Thankfully there is a new service to help you do just that: Welcome to Rightly.
What is GDPR?
On the 25th May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) set new standards for data protection, which initiated a series of global privacy laws designed to protect your personal data. By definition, this is any information that allows a living person to be directly, or indirectly, identified. So effectively, any information that’s specific to a person’s physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity can be classed as personal data. You can find out more information via this Rightly link.
Since its introduction consumers have had the right to ask companies for their data and say what they can and can’t do with it.
The main principles of GDPR as defined by the ICO are as follows:
Lawfulness, fairness and transparency of data – a clear purpose for its collection
Purpose limitation- what it can be used for
Data minimisation- how much can be kept by ensuring it is adequate, relevant and limited to what is necessary
Accuracy – the keeping of correct and up to date information
Storage limitation – how long data can be kept and in what format
Integrity and confidentiality – the accuracy, reliability and validity of data collated
Accountability – data processed in a lawful manner, which ensures appropriate security and protection of information
A data breach occurs when any of the above criteria is not adhered to. If you suspect this is the case then you can send a subject access request.
What kind of requests can I make?
You can ask for your data from organisations such as supermarkets and social media companies to be deleted
You can get evidence to challenge a redundancy or a planning decision
You can find out if your data has been altered without your permission
You can find out why you were turned down for a mortgage application
These are just some examples of the requests you could send in order to take back control of your data.
Why is being in control of your data important?
Your data belongs to you and under consumer law you have the right to know how it is being used. You wouldn’t let someone use your car or live in your house without permission so why let people use your data and by doing so compromise your safety and security without permission? In today’s world it’s the most precious thing you possess so you need to protect it.
Possible consequences of personal data being shared can include being shown inflated prices or insurance premiums because data that’s been bought has revealed a detailed breakdown of your financial information regardless of whether or not you are in debt. Another example is the unauthorised sharing of mental health related data simply by browsing on the Internet. You can find further information via this Rightly link.
What is a subject access request and why should I make one?
A subject access report (SAR) is a written request to a company or organisation by consumers to request access to their personal information and it’s your legal right to do so.
A SAR can help you gain better control over your data, find out what companies know about you, get out of debt and you can even make a claim for compensation if a breach is discovered through the subject access request.
Rightly was created ‘with a simple mission in mind: to make data fairer, for everyone.’ Since 2018, consumers have been able to request information from companies regarding their data. Rightly aims to make this process, which may seem daunting and time consuming, much simpler. It also aims to make the industry fairer and more transparent. Consumers have the ability to send multiple data requests from one central place and there are no adverts or hidden costs.
Once you have searched a database of over 10,000 companies and decided on a company or selection of companies, you then choose the type of request(s) you would like to send and manage the responses you receive and decide on your next steps accordingly.
How much does the Rightly service cost?
Absolutely nothing- nada, niente, nichts, rien.
There is no charge to use Rightly’s service. In fact if a breach is detected you could be entitled to compensation and……….. the biggest win of all is that YOU are back in control of YOUR data.
If you would like to find out more about how to take control of your data with the help of Rightly then just pop along to their website and put your requests in today. Rightly is also on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Please note that this is a sponsored post to promote the services of Rightly and I will receive a fee per case referred. All views and opinions are my own.