The deadline is May 25th 2018 and with less than 200 days to go, a survey by the Institute of Directors (IoD) found that 40% of their members didn’t know whether General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will apply to their businesses.
The survey found that nearly a third of members had never heard of GDPR and only 18% said they were very confident about how the legislation would impact them.
Perhaps this isn’t surprising as the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) who is the regulator in the UK has very limited resources to get the message across. Unless you are targeted by one of the many businesses offering to help you with GDPR, or you happen to chance on the ICO’s website, then you could be in the dark along with many others.
Jamie Kerr, spokesman for the IoD, called on the ICO to do more the help businesses.
“It is crucial everyone understands just how big this regulatory change will be for business leaders over the next few months. The regulator has a significant role to play in ensuring that [everyone] is fully compliant by May 2018.” Kerr said.
Our advice is to bite the bullet now and start with an audit to work out what you need to do to get compliant before it’s too late. If you’re not yet working on compliance, then it’s certainly vital that you at least have a plan of how to do that sooner than later.