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As the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force today, GRTU Malta Chamber of SMEs would like to note that whilst supporting the rights of citizens and the importance to protect their personal data, we need to give more times for fuller implementation by businesses.
The aim of the GDPR is to bring all member states in line under one common regulation. The GDPR increases privacy for individuals and aims to ensure that personal data gathered is gathered lawfully and with the individuals’ full consent. The new regulation also gives regulatory authorities more power to act on those who do not comply. In this regard, local authorities can now impose harsher fines with up to 4% of annual turnover or Euro 20 million, whichever is greater.
Following a number of queries GRTU would like to notify its members to be cautious of a fraudulent letter being sent by a company calling itself 'European Business Number (EBN)' addressed to their business asking for verification of their Maltese VAT number details and offering ‘free’ advertising services.
Stqarrija għall-istampa maħruġa minn Transport Malta din il-ġimgħa ħabbret ammont ta’ tibdiliet fil-mod ta’ kif isir it-test tal-VRT. Dawn huma tibdiliet importanti sabiex il-ħarsien tas-sigurta’ fit-toroq jiġi mħares. Huma tibdiliet li l-istazzjonijiet tal-VRT ħejjew ruħhom għalihom u ġew milqugħa. Kif pero l-Gvern iddeċieda li jinkludi fl-istess stqarrija referenza li l-prezzijiet għat-test tal-VRT ser jibqa’ l-istess hi xi ħaga inkonċepibbli.
Il-Gvern jaf biċ-ċar li l-GRTU ilha għal dawn l-aħħar snin tistaqsi għal żidiet fil-prezz tat-test li jagħmlu dawn l-istations. Tant hu hekk li l-GRTU ipprezentat lil-Gvern studju indipendenti minn konsulenti ewlenin li jispjega għaliex hemm bżonn ta’ dawn iż-żidiet u kif dawn għandhom jingħataw. Tajjeb li wieħed ikun jaf li l-istazzjonijiet tal-VRT ilhom bl-istess qliegħ għal għoxrin sena sħaħ u l-prezz tal-VRT hu l-inqas fl-Ewropa.
GRTU Malta Chamber of SMEs has today organised a seminar for business owners to assist Maltese SMEs in becoming compliant with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The new GDPR, enters into force in a month’s time, on the 25th of May 2018. For the first time, this new regulation will create a common set of EU rules to enable the flow of data in the EU Digital Single Market and give stronger rights to citizens and consumers.
GRTU remains committed to ensure that SMEs are provided with all the information which would enable their business to become compliant and avoid the hefty fines that could be imposed by this regulation. GRTU insists that there is no one-size-fits all and that the implementing authorities shall continue with their awareness educational campaign before opting for penalising genuine omissions. This is a learning process for all stakeholders.