Within the last week the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and Federation of Small Business (FSB) has announced a campaign, to encourage small businesses to prepare for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Concerns have been raised a number of times (including on this Cornerstone website) that small businesses are way behind in the preparations necessary to ensure they comply with new data protection regulations that come into force on the 25th May. A survey undertaken by the FSB found that 33% of small businesses haven’t even started to assess the implications of GDPR, whilst a further 35% are only just beginning to put the necessary processes and documentation in place.
So this move to raise awareness is vital and the Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, has taken steps to ensure that all small business owners are aware of the support the ICO can give them. (Follow the link HERE) To that end she has made a video that you can view HERE, supporting the FSB #FSBeDataReady campaign and says:
The ICO’s website offers a number of ways in which organisations of all sizes, and all sectors, can self-serve to get the help they need…We also know that many representative bodies and sector associations are also providing excellent GDPR advice and support for their members
So if you have concerns that the information you hold about clients and customers and the ways in which you handle the data will not comply with regulations come May, then go to the ICO website to find out more HERE. If you are still unclear, and do not have membership of a business organisation, then do get in touch with us here at Cornerstone. Our volunteer mentors will keep abreast of developments and can offer guidance, free of charge.