• DMSL to offer partners working template for GDPR compliance

        • DMSL is offering resellers a working template that will enable them to ensure they are GDPR compliant by the deadline of 25th May 2018. 
           
          The specialist distributor of broadband and hosted voice services has created a set of checklists, documents and policy guidelines that partners can use to methodically assess their own levels of compliance with the regulations. They can also call on specialist consultancy services to provide a detailed audit of their data, needs assessment and action plan.
           
          It will also make the package available to its partners on a ‘white label’ basis, enabling resellers to offer the service to their own customers.
           
          DMSL has created the service in partnership with Metanoia Partners, a specialist consultancy with its own accredited GDPR practitioners. The company has already applied the template and methodology to its own business to ensure it can meet the new requirements for the management and protection of data.


           
          John Carter, Managing Director of DMSL, said that it decided to offer the service to partners after realising few had taken any action to ensure they would meet the deadline.
           
          “We have been aware for some time that we’d need to meet GDPR requirements and have worked with Metanoia to ensure, not only that we protect ourselves, but also that we can satisfy any requests from our suppliers with regards to the handling and management of data.
           
          Having raised the subject with our partners, we quickly realised that very few of them were aware of what they would need to do in order to comply with the regulations. Our business is all about making it easier for our customers, so we decided to work with Metanoia to provide a set of documents and resources that will allow resellers to get compliant without having to invest huge amounts of their own time in learning about GDPR and exactly what needs to be done to comply.”
           
          Dennis Scott, a Director of Metanoia Partners and himself a qualified GDPR practitioner, said firms that have not acted on GDPR need to do so as quickly as possible. “A lot of companies are not fully aware of the implications. They don’t know what data they are holding, how it’s being used and how to manage it. They need to act to protect themselves. We can help DMSL’s partners to do that, but they should not wait any longer to take action. Many businesses are already starting to panic about GDPR. We are now almost into 2018 and the deadline will soon be upon us.”
           
          GDPR can also be an opportunity for resellers, Carter added.  “Businesses need to have up to date systems, adequate security and the appropriate connectivity to meet the needs of GDPR. If they are taking any details of individuals over the phone they may need to make and retain voice recordings securely. There are many different aspects to GDPR and without specialist knowledge and guidance, it will be too easy to overlook important aspects of the overall picture.
           
          “Applications may need to be updated and it may also be advisable to contact suppliers, partners and even customers to check on their plans to meet GDPR regulations. Many businesses may also need to update their IT systems and review their security and connectivity. It will certainly be advisable to have the latest and most secure versions of operating systems and software, and to ensure appropriate security and protection is applied at gateways into company networks.”

        • Stay up to date - Click here and register for FREE Channel Info online membership and enjoy unlimited access to a host of benefits including the exclusive members area of the website, downloadable business tools, current and back issues archive, priority breaking news alerts, weekly e news summary and the Channel Info app

        • Related Articles

        • Northamber and Sharp announce a new distribution agreement

          Northamber and Sharp announce a new distribution agreement

          Thursday 19th Apr 2018
          UK distributor Northamber announced today that it has signed a distribution agreement with visual solutions experts Sharp.  The agreement will see Northamber promote Sharp’s complete range of large format displays to the UK market.  ...Read More...
          Nimans helps vandalised football club with online donation

          Nimans helps vandalised football club with online donation

          Tuesday 17th Apr 2018
          Nimans has shown its community spirit by helping a local junior football club recover from a recent vandal attack. Nimans joined soccer legend Gary Lineker in answering an SOS call from Salford United after its changing rooms were trashed, causing t...Read More...
          Northamber and JBL announce new partnership

          Northamber and JBL announce new partnership

          Monday 16th Apr 2018
          Northamber has signed a distribution agreement with audio brand, JBL. The agreement will see Northamber promote the JBL into its core target markets of classroom and meeting room. Phil Gaut, Director of AV at Northamber said, “within the JBL r...Read More...
                • About Us

                  Channel Info is the leading source of business news and information for the office dealer and reseller market. Our multi-platform approach delivers relevant, engaging and focussed content via our main printed magazine, supplements, website, digital editions, apps, newsletters and bespoke communications with an unrivalled reach across the industry. A highly trusted and respected brand for many years, the team behind Channel Info has over 60 years experience collectively in the office products, furniture, equipment and technology markets Channel Info continues to develop and adapt in order to meet the changing information needs of its readers.

                  For our latest Media packs and more details on our range of services click here

                • View Latest Issue