GDPR – the countdown to 25 May 2018 continues

Ross MacKenzie
Tags: GDPR

A few months ago, GDPR (the General Data Protection Regulation) news still largely focussed on how many organisations in the UK were yet to begin preparations for meeting the regulation’s requirements.

But, organisations are now increasingly waking up to the fact that there’s only just over six months to go until the new data regulation comes into effect (25 May 2018).

The ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office and the UK’s GDPR regulatory authority) reports that their PDF, Preparing for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – 12 steps to take now is the most downloaded document on their website, and has been viewed 73,000 times since May.

Cobweb’s own GDPR: A Guide for Business has had over 600 downloads, and we’re now experiencing a far greater volume of calls about GDPR.

Michael Olpin, Cobweb Finance Director, speaking about Cobweb’s own GDPR compliance preparations, says, “Cobweb has a strong compliance culture and the security of its data is of paramount importance. This is reflected in its ISO 27001 certification. 

“Cobweb is actively monitoring regulator guidance and interpretations of key GDPR requirements to ensure that its data protection processes are compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) by 25 May 2018.”

GDPR: Your Journey to Compliance – our event held at Microsoft UK in Paddington on 2 November – saw the launch of our GDPR: Journey to Compliance Support Package created in response to questions and requests for advice from customers. Comprising information forums and activities – ranging from workshops, to GDPR health checks and readiness assessments – the package has been developed to help businesses work towards GDPR compliancy.

However, while the number of organisations now engaged on the journey to GDPR compliance has vastly increased, there are those yet to make a start – particularly among SMES.

Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham says, “There are 5.4 million businesses in the UK that employ fewer than 250 people. When it comes to data protection, surveys show they tend to be less well prepared. We know that most businesses want to get things right but often struggle to find the key steps to get started. They also have less time and money to invest in getting it right.”  

A ComputerWeekly article, Most UK small businesses in the dark over GDPR posted this week, reports that, “Small to medium enterprises (SMEs) are struggling to come to grips with what “personal data” really means, their customers’ new and extended rights, and whether the permissions they currently have to contact customers will meet the requirements of GDPR.”

And if you weren’t able to book a place on our GDPR event last week and which featured an overview of GDPR by Cybercrowd consultant Sean Huggett and presentations on the technology that can help businesses work towards compliancy (including from Microsoft, DocuSign, and Acronis) – you can view the presentation slides via our GDPR hub.

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