tmgroup announce GDPR compliance as industry continues to rise to the challenges posed by fraudsters

PropTech company tmgroup are pleased to announce that they are GDPR compliant – following an intensive review process led by Independent Data Protection Officer, Richard Benham.  

Replacing the Data Protection Directive (DPD) and the UK Data Protection Act 1998 as of 25th May 2018, The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) are new regulations set out by the European Union – with basic principles including accuracy, transparency and fairness. 

Referred to by Thomson Reuters in a recent article as “the biggest shake-up of data privacy laws since the birth of the web and the largest change in data protection law in Europe for more than 20 years.”, GDPR marks a significant step towards tackling fraud and cyber crime. 

This is just the tip of the iceberg. Looking to the future, the property sector will continue to see big changes; creating new opportunities for businesses such as tmgroup who are willing and able to adapt. 

As the industry continues to embrace innovative ideas for keeping property transactions secure, Blockchain is expected to be the next disrupter. By enabling information to be shared but – crucially – not copied, it is predicted to not only speed up the property transaction, but also be a key player in the elimination of property fraud. 

Achieving GDPR compliance involved every department across tmgroup

tmgroup take data management seriously and involved every department across the business – from HR, Marketing and Operations, to Development and Finance – in a dedicated GDPR project over many months. 

By reviewing all data alongside every process, the GDPR team ensured that tmgroup were ready for the new regulations coming into effect on 25th May 2018. 

Prof. Richard Benham, Independent Data Protection Officer comments:

“I’ve been delighted to work with tmgroup over the last 6 months helping them achieve GDPR compliance. As a digital business, customer data security is of paramount importance. 

By meeting the GDPR deadline, tmgroup have demonstrated their ability to adapt to changes in the market, as well as their ongoing commitment to keeping their customer’s data safe”.

Joe Pepper, Chief Executive Officer at tmgroup comments:

“Our customers rely on our products and platforms to carry out critical work for their clients in a highly regulated environment, and the security of data is of paramount importance to them and all our partners. 

Ensuring that tmgroup and all of our products comply with the new legislation has been a significant but crucial piece of work, and we are delighted with the way that Richard and the team have approached the task.”

Paul Albone, Chief Operating Officer at tmgroup comments:

“The programme which Richard has overseen involved every area of the business, with all of our employees becoming key stakeholders in the project.  

Their involvement has ranged from leading workgroups, undergoing cyber security training and of course ensuring compliance of their own data through our robust HR processes.”  

About tmgroup   

As a leading IT solutions provider, tmgroup are the experts in innovative solutions that enable simplification and automation across the breadth of the property transaction. tmgroup’s customers extend to conveyancing solicitors, mortgage lenders, estate agents and developers.    

Key services:    

• tmconvey : Property searches are an integral part of tmconvey, along with insurance and risk  management tools. With its simple, integrated design, it cuts the time and effort it takes to complete the conveyancing transaction.     

• tmconnect : tmconnect is a cloud based transactional hub, providing a joined up workflow for estate agents, mortgage lenders and conveyancers to access and share transactions securely.     

• tmcore : tmcore is an online property data hub for local authorities and other search providers,  linking conveyancers to local authorities for faster land data without incurring unnecessary fees or being bound by complicated systems.     

• tmconvey Premium : tmconvey Premium is a specialist service for commercial real estate  lawyers. Benefits include Premium Terms & Conditions, up to £20 million PI cover per claim, and a managed portfolio service.    

• Property Searches Scotland : Property Searches Scotland are part of the tmgroup family. From our offices in Glasgow, we offer a full range of property searches for residential, commercial and remortgage  conveyancing across all of Scotland’s 32 council areas.   

• mio:  mio is a sales progression and communication tool created by property experts for property experts. It speeds transactions forward, reduces fall-through rates, and helps estate agents win more business.

The company has 140 employees and is headquartered in Swindon. 

tmgroup also recently acquired a majority share in Conveyancing Data Services (CDS) – a conveyancing search provider with over 100 years’ combined experience within the property search market. 

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