Frequently Asked Questions
Questions most asked about S.H.I.E.L.D, the nationwide GDPR certification and accreditation program.
These Q&A's assume your business is fully or partly GDPR compliant, and that you understand your legal obligation and wish to comply with the law.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a regulation in EU law relating to data protection and privacy for all individuals. It went live on 25th May 2018, supplemented by the UK Data Protection Act 2018. GDPR applies to businesses of all sizes, any type of SME, micro business, online or offline business, self employed sales person, home based business, franchise, MLM network marketing business, charity, church, membership club, or any other organisation that processes personal data.
S.H.I.E.L.D is a Consumer Protection and Business Support Program and Web Portal run by UK Paralegal Law firm Transition Law. S.H.I.E.L.D is designed to highlight the need for good data protection practices within businesses both large and small, with the following aims:
- To Promote good data protection practice and generate a 'Culture of Compliance' within businesses.
- Provide a database of compliant businesses for people to check, whether they intend to do business with them or purchase their products and services.
- Create an easily recognisable emblem so the public knows which organisations have been awarded S.H.I.E.L.D holder status.
S.H.I.E.L.D stands for Supporting Home & Independent Enterprises Lawfully Documented.
Transition Law is an established UK Paralegal Law firm providing data protection and SME business legal advice to clients nationwide.
Qualifying businesses benefit in 3 distinct ways:
- By displaying the S.H.I.E.L.D logo on their website, emails, business stationery, advertisements, marketing literature, etc, they alert consumers to their legally compliant status.
- They can advertise their membership when tendering or applying for contracts and business.
- They can demonstrate their GDPR compliance when asked to do so by customers, suppliers or employees.
Data Protection law is complex. Following several, well publicised scandals involving consumer's personal data, S.H.I.E.L.D provides a straightforward way for consumers to tell if the business they have chosen to deal with has systems to protect their personal data. The public can check if a business is legally compliant via the S.H.I.E.L.D portal where each accredited member has their own verification page
GDPR and the data protection law applies to EVERY business and should concern EVERY person. When a business fails to properly protect the personal data in their care, it can lead to serious consequences for the data subject, including identity theft, fraudulent financial losses, online trolling and personal humiliation. Consumers have learned the hard way to question the data protection protocols of companies they intend to deal with. If a business has been awarded S.H.I.E.L.D holder status, it takes the anxiety out of the process for consumers.
Aside from the fact that you will be abiding by the law and not leaving your business at risk from ICO action or GDPR fines, there are a host of other benefits that GDPR implementation can bring to your business, including:
- Data breaches are happening more than ever, and being GDPR certified gives your business an added security factor.
- By demonstrating GDPR compliancy, companies are likely to benefit from greater levels of trust with their customers.
- People aren’t keen on having their data lost or misused, so protecting your clients from this is a unique selling point.
- A well considered information handling process will reflect extremely well on any business with their suppliers and staff.
Many businesses are already reaping the benefits of GDPR accreditation
. Just by understanding the required and updated criteria for becoming a preferred supplier will only become more important in the future.
Yes. As long as a business can satisfy the membership criteria
, they can be accredited with S.H.I.E.L.D holder status.
Annual membership to S.H.I.E.L.D is FREE of charge. New members are assessed against Transition Law's standard criteria, the assessment for which is also FREE of charge.
Supported by the Chambers of Commerce, voluntary membership to S.H.I.E.L.D provides a very useful, FREE business tool. If you have a query that is not addressed here and would like further information, please CONTACT US and a member of the program management team will respond as soon as possible.