Running a small business like Afterglow is a daily exercise in multi-tasking. As well as being in the shop five days a week, sorting stock and helping customers, my duties encompass such diverse activities as accounting, social media marketing, designing new products - and even window cleaning. 
 
But I now have another title to add to my CV - data controller. I know, it sounds like the Fat Controller without having all the fun trains to play with!..... 
As many people now know, the data controller is in fact the person in charge of managing all the data which comes into a business and justifying how it is processed transparently in order to comply with the new GDPR legislation. 
 
The last couple of weeks have seen me trying to beat the clock and analyse all the various pieces which pass through my hands, compile a complete inventory, create a new GDPR-compliant privacy policy and inform relevant people ahead of today’s deadline. Fun, I’m sure you’ll agree. 
 
I still have a few gaps to fill on the spreadsheet involving such weighty matters as the US Privacy Shield but my privacy policy is now up and running and can be viewed on the footer of my website, should you feel so inclined. 
 
Of course, it’s an important subject and no-one wants their personal information to be handled carelessly, but I dread to think of the thousands of hours lost by creative industries and other small businesses in order to complete the paper trail with little clear guidance, while big companies employ entire departments to do the same job. 
 
Not to mention the zillions of spam emails we’ve all being receiving in the name of reducing spam emails! 
 
No matter - it’s done, and inevitably the GDPR jokes are now doing the rounds. Here’s a couple of my favourites. 
 
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