As we head towards GDPR day – May 25 – the number of scare stories about the new regulations seems to be spinning out of control.
The latest one claims half of businesses expect to be fined under the new rules: https://bit.ly/2IcnFYX . It is based on a survey which suggests businesses have put money aside in anticipation of a fine. In addition, we’ve heard of some sole traders who are so concerned about the regulations, they fear that they will need to close the shutters on their business.
The problem here is one of perception. Businesses may well be so worried that their way of dealing with the new regulations is to put money aside. But will they really be fined and does putting money under the mattress really help? The ICO has been clear on so many occasions – fines will be the last resort. More info
It’s an old adage but it’s surprising how few organisations take Benjamin Franklin’s quote seriously enough to put his advice into practise. ‘By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail’ he said. Of course it is tough for organisations like smaller businesses and charities who don’t feel they have the time or money to spend on training. Unfortunately though, when it comes to dealing with a crisis of any sort, it is the preparation for that possibility which will save both in the long run. More info
If we are honest, and that’s the best way to be, the GDPR has been a long time coming. The current data protection legislation was well overdue for modernisation. Most companies are already dealing with processes similar to the GDPR, but many may not have drawn those parallels. Once those parallels are recognised and acknowledged, bringing it into a business can be smoother than initially thought.
Every year as a nation we always seem to be surprised that things happen – like Christmas, or School Holidays, or Birthdays. Despite having plenty of advance notice they still creep up on us. Every time we also seem to have to reinvent the wheel – ‘this year I’ll do all my shopping online’, or ‘I’ll send a card from MoonPig as opposed to picking one up from the supermarket’. Yet deep down inside we all know what works best for us, what time and again has fitted in well to our time-starved lives to help us get through these challenges of life. More info