The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25 May 2018 and will replace the Data Protection Act. It’s big news for businesses as there are enhanced implications regarding the management and use of personal data.

But it needn’t be scary, there’s lots of help at hand. Here’s where to go to prepare for GDPR…

A handy easy-to-read checklist of must-do actions

Get the facts

Gen up with this overview of the GDPR, covering what’s new, key areas to consider and who’s accountable.

Call the GDPR telephone helpline on 0303 123 1113 and select option 4

Launched by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) to offer businesses direct assistance. As well as advice on preparing for the GDPR, callers can also ask questions about current data protection rules and other legislation regulated by the ICO including electronic marketing and Freedom of Information.

Complete an online learning course

Future Learn has created a free online course to help businesses get to grips with the GDPR and take the first steps to ensuring compliance. 3 hours per week for 4 weeks.

Attend a training session

Learn from industry experts and take away top tips. Upcoming dates:

NCI Technologies
22 January – Hall for Cornwall, Truro

Superfast Business Cornwall – Being GDPR Ready
26 March – St Austell Business Park

“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. They may not have compliance teams or data protection officers or access to legal advice.

“The businesses may be small but they still hold important personal information and the need to gain the trust of their customers is just as real.”

Elizabeth Denham.

Information Commissioner, Information Commissioner's Office

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Written by: Julia Hughes
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