Businesses warned to prepare with one year until data protection law change

Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham has told businesses there’s no time to delay in preparing for “the biggest change to data protection law for a generation”.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a new law that will replace the Data Protection Act 1998 and will apply in the UK from 25 May 2018.

Speaking in a video addressing boardrooms, Ms Denham calls on businesses to see the commercial benefits of sound data protection, and act now to ensure they’re compliant.

She said: “If your organisation can’t demonstrate that good data protection is a cornerstone of your business policy and practices, you’re leaving your organisation open to enforcement action that can damage both public reputation and bank balance. But there’s a carrot here as well as a stick: get data protection right, and you can see a real business benefit.”

To help businesses prepare for GDPR there is an updated data protection toolkit for SMEs on the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) website, including a new element focussed on getting ready for GDPR. The checklist can help organisations assess their progress in preparing for GDPR.

The ICO has also relaunched a guide about the 12 steps to take to prepare for GDPR.  This contains updated guidance and increased focus on the need to act now to prepare for May 2018.
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