How many hours have you devoted to GDPR in the last year?
At the start of 2018 with less than six months left to go, how far along are you with the planning for the General Data Protection Regulation deadline? Experts tell us there is still enough time to ensure compliance but suggest that you seek professional guidance as things need to be moving quickly. In order to put the right policies in place, you need to be very clear what full compliance looks like.
Strict new GDPR rules set a new standard in data protection and require that businesses protect the personal data and privacy of EU citizens. Non-compliance is likely to be costly and therefore solid policies and procedures are highly advisable. The GDPR takes a wide view on what is included in the definition of personal identification and takes into account IP addresses and cookie data as well as standard data relating to an individual so the requirements are significant.
To date, the average SME has spent around 80 days preparing for the new legislation but as many as two fifths have not even begun. In many companies, the departments most in need of adjustment are sales, marketing and IT as these staff deal directly with personal data of clients on a daily basis.
Although many companies have invested in new staff members, consultants and experts, many are still lacking documentary evidence of compliance. With May 25th, 2018 fast approaching, now is the time to begin seeking advice, writing policies, training staff and documenting all of the above to ensure that you can prove full compliance by the GDPR deadline.
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