Tender Tips: Meeting GDPR
Bidding for contracts often involves a number of hoops to jump through. However, with minimum benchmarks set, there needs to be a method to separate the wheat from the chaff. After all, the public sector has a duty to ensure taxpayer’s money is spent wisely; business can’t simply be done on the basis of a promise and a handshake.
The latest challenge for businesses is to consider the ramifications of the replacement to the Data Protection Act – GDPR. Not only is it more expectant, there are also more serious consequences if you are found to be using data improperly.
As a result, the supply chain will seek to protect itself. After all, there is no point investing in becoming GDPR compliant if one of your suppliers is allowed to undermine efforts.
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Organisations are now starting to see the result of this in Pre-Qualification Questionnaires and other tender documents. Below is a direct copy of a question set out in a recent public sector tender:
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Avoid Reputational Damage
As well as the monetary loss, the reputational damage caused by being found in breach of the incoming GDPR legislation would be significant.