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The Information Commissioner (ICO) warns businesses to prepare with one year to go until the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

02/06/2017

With one year to go until the implementation of the new General Data Protection Regulation, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has warned businesses to ensure they are as prepared as possible. Nick Rowe, employment law specialist at Lodders, explains.

The Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, has warned businesses that there’s no time to delay in preparing for “the biggest change to data protection law for a generation”. Ms Denham says “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.”

Among a number of initiatives to mark one year until GDPR compliance, the Information Commissioner’s Office has published an updated data protection self-assessment toolkit for SMEs which includes a new element to help organisations assess their progress in preparing for the GDPR (see ICO: self assessment toolkit) and has updated its “12 steps to take now” guidance (see ICO: Preparing for the General Data Protection Regulation – 12 steps to take now). The ICO has also launched its Information Rights Strategy, setting out its mission statement to increase public trust over the next four years.

Also to mark the occasion, the European Commission has issued a statement in which it says that it will be stepping up its work with member states and engaging with companies to ensure harmonisation and avoid fragmentation in implementation of the GDPR. Within the year, it will also launch an EU-wide campaign to raise awareness so that Europeans are conscious of their rights (see European Commission press release: “One year to go until the new EU data protection rules“).

Source: ICO blog, Businesses warned to prepare with one year until data protection law change, 25 May 2017 .

Lodders’ employment solicitors always offer accurate, focused and solution-based legal advice to a wide range of clients. We have forged an excellent reputation for advising individuals, companies, charities and other bodies in respect of all matter of regulatory issues. For help or advice please contact Nick Rowe on 01242 229 096 or drop him an email.

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