• Posted Tuesday May 22, 2018

Take the sting out of GDPR with the ICO

Given the abundance of information, debate and advice that has proliferated the upcoming GDPR regulations, no one that uses the Internet can have escaped hearing about this issue in recent months. In spite (or perhaps because) of this information overload – while many people are clear that GDPR will affect them, exactly how may remain more of a mystery. The mass of information available may not be clear to the less technically-inclined, and some of it seems to be contradictory.

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Given the abundance of information, debate and advice that has proliferated the upcoming GDPR regulations, no one that uses the Internet can have escaped hearing about this issue in recent months.

In spite (or perhaps because) of this information overload – while many people are clear that GDPR will affect them, exactly how may remain more of a mystery.  The mass of information available may not be clear to the less technically-inclined, and some of it seems to be contradictory.

The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) has helpfully provided a complete guide to the GDPR, including the 12 Steps To Take Now - which is a brief and clear overview for businesses to make sure they are ready on the 25th May when these regulations come into force.

The ICO has also provided a suite of data-protection checklists and toolkits designed to guide you through this process as painlessly as possible.

In order to demystify the process further, the ICO has created a range of myth-busting blogs which will hopefully reduce some of the scaremongering that has surrounded GDPR.

These useful articles give a ‘plain English’ account of the responsibilities businesses have with regards the data of their customers and a fuss-free guide to compliance.

Ultimately, as we get ever-closer to the 25th May it is worth remembering that while compliance is the aim, it is not the end of that journey.  GDPR is something that will need to be maintained and your processes will become part of the organic growth of your organisation rather than just a box to be ticked.