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a ICO logoNovember 6 2017

A dedicated helpline to support small organisations prepare for the General Data Protection Regulation changes has been set up.

The Information Commissioner’s Office is now providing helpline support specifically for organisations with fewer than 250 employees. People wanting to find out more about the implications of the forthcoming GDPR changes can call the ICO helpline on 0303 123 1113 and then select option 4 to speak to staff regarding small organisations.

The GDPR replaces the current Data Protection Act and will come into force on May 25 2018. “Regulated by the ICO, the GDPR strengthens the rules around personal data and requires organisations to be more accountable and transparent. It also gives people greater control over their own personal data,” said the ICO.

Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said: “All organisations have to get ready for the new data protection rules, but we recognise that the 5.4 million small organisations in the UK face particular challenges.

“Small organisations want to be ready when the new law comes into force in May 2018, but they often struggle to know where to start. They may have less time and money to invest in getting it right and are less likely to have compliance teams, data protection officers or legal experts to advise them what to do. Our new phone service and all the other resources already on our website plus even more advice and guidance yet to come will help steer small businesses through the new law.”

The ICO has announced it is simplifying its ‘12 steps to take now’ graphic in response to calls from small and micro businesses that they need access to targeted information about how to prepare for the GDPR. A “simple-to-use” SME toolkit is also available. This has been used by around 9,000 businesses a month since January 2016, and is being revised so that businesses can identify gaps in their own preparation for the new law.

A comprehensive guide to the GDPR is also due to be published before the end of 2017.

Link:
ICO announcement         
ICO Data protection reform links              
ICO Data protection self-assessment links                

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