One year until data protection law changes

GDPRThe 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”.

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 by 25 May 2018:

“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.”

An updated data protection toolkit for SMEs has gone live on the 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 launches its Information Rights Strategic Plan, setting out its mission statement to increase public trust over the next four years.

The 12 steps to take to prepare for GDPR is relaunched, with updated guidance and increased focus on the need to act now to prepare for May 2018.

For more information on the Data Protection Reforms visit the ICO’s website.

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