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The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) in the UK has produced a new checklist about data protection law for small business owners and sole traders.
INFORMATION FOR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS AND SMALL TRADERS
In the recent past, ICO has tended to share information about rules and guidelines on data protection and privacy in such a way that it suggested a general lack of awareness by the ICO of the special needs of those who are small businesses or small traders - such as artists. I suspect they received a lot of cries for help from this quarter when GDPR was implemented earlier this year - as all guidance at one point was constructed assuming organisations had people who did this for them!
The main problem for those who are running EVERY aspect of their business is to find out the answers to "what they don't know they don't know " i.e. it's difficult to know you should be doing something about some new aspect of law if you don't even know it exists!
Hence the checklist is a welcome way in which the ICO is becoming a bit more attuned to the needs of sole traders - and people like artists.
This is the link to How well do you comply with data protection law: an assessment for small business owners and sole traders
This is what ICO have to say about what happens when you use the checklist.
Use our checklist to improve your understanding of data protection and find out what you need to do to make sure you are keeping people’s personal data secure. Once you have completed the checklist a short report will be created suggesting some practical actions you can take and providing links to additional guidance you could read that will help you improve your data protection knowledge and compliance.
The checklist is part of the overall set of checklists which have been developed by ICO as part of the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation which became operative in May 2o18.
Do let me know how you get on if you use it.
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On this website UK artists - and all those artists dealing with clients and art collectors in the European Union - can also read about:
What's the best way of an artist creating a good impression with a business card?
What size should it be and what do you need on a business card?
The Business Cards for Artists page on this website provides a summary of:
I've also includes links to articles which make suggestions around design
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I've created a new page about Web Content for Artists. It's particularly relevant to those artists who use their websites to market their various artistic activities e.g. making art and selling it. commissions and tuition.
My credentials for creating this page are that I've probably inspected and reviewed information on over 10,000 art websites while blogging about art on my main art blog Making A Mark. I've often got the impression that artists managed to get their images online and write something brief about themselves and then rather ran out of steam - or were not too sure what to do next.
As you know this website is about the art business side of art. I've also noted that some artists have a number of different ways they interact with others - but lack the relevant business pages that really need to be present as well.
So this page aims to provide a resource and get people thinking about how they can improve their website. It also maybe highlights some issues some artists have never thought about.
The new page Web Content for Artists covers and provides brief guides to and TIPS about:
The Privacy Page is especially relevant to all those artists who have dealings with anybody living in the European Union - given we are now just over a month away from the new General Data Protection Regulation coming into force (see Data Protection for Art and Artists).
The reason for emphasis on the Terms and Conditions pages is that I see far too many websites which neglect the fact that any business interaction with customers via the website involves explicit or implied contracts and all the relevant legislation and regulations relevant to such business. In particular, I see far too few which really get to grips with their terms and conditions of business.
This is intended to complement other pages in my Website for Artists sub-section of MARKETING which are (at present):
In the interests of updating and improving content, I'd be interested to have your FEEDBACK about the new page. You can either comment on this post or use the feedback form on my "contact" page
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On the 25th May 2018 - in less than 60 days - The General Data Protection Regulation comes into effect. It affects everyone and every organisation having data transactions with individuals who live/work in the European Union.
This blog post is about resources I've been trying to pull together about GDPR - for artists and art organisations - societies, charities, schools, galleries etc.
This means it INCLUDES:
NEW PAGE Today I'm launching my new resource page about General Data Protection Regulation for Artists and Art Organisations. - which is very much a work in progress. You can find it in the Office Practices section of the website. The art organisations include: art societies, art galleries, art dealers and art schools.
Previously, I've written two long blog posts on Making A Mark:
The NEW PAGE includes links to useful resources not included in the blog post and builds upon what I've previously written. I'm still looking and still finding new resources which might be helpful - but you may have to do a lot of reading.
RECOMMENDATION: Besides the links to the publications and resources produced by the Information Commission (first section), the section I'd suggest people take a look at is that relating to Issues for Art Organisations. It includes a very useful document written by The Arts Society providing guidance to its branch societies.
I'm also hoping to develop a section for "Artists as Sole Traders".
The one thing I have discovered is that more and more information is being published the closer we get to 25th May - and it's likely that a lot more will emerge as issues are tested in the courts thereafter.
Bottom line - this is a live issue for anybody who is creating transactions involving the personal data of anybody living in the EU.
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DISCLAIMER: I am NOT an expert on this topic - even if I know more than you! Like you I'm just trying to work my way through the maze of online information about GDPR. You are also not my client and I do not know your individual circumstances - meaning I have no liability to you in any circumstances should you choose to rely on any of the materials on this blog or website - although whatever is published by the ICO should be more authoritative than most!
I'll be giving a talk on Tax Tips for Artists on 5th March 2018 at 4.30pm, in my capacity of Visiting Lecturer at The Heatherley School of Art,
The talk is FREE but my talks tend to get a lot of students and artists attending so it very much works on the basis of first there gets a seat!
The talk is for all those who want to get on top of their tax affairs before any omissions or errors catch up with them!
This page tells you where Heatherley's is and how to get to it by car and public transport.
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