It’s now less than four months until enforcement of the GDPR begins. You’d imagine that every now knows about the regulation even if they’re not totally clear about the impact.
On Tuesday of this week (24th January), the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport released some preliminary results from Cyber Security Breaches Survey.
With less than four months to go until enforcement begins, significant numbers of businesses and charities had not heard of the GDPR. This included 20% of businesses and 25% of charities with more than 250 employees.
The highest levels of awareness were in the finance and insurance, information and communications and education sectors (79%, 67% and 52%). Still meaning that almost half of the organisations in the education sector were still not aware of the regulation. If you remember the game show Family Fortunes, the cross is showing and the ‘Eh-Uhh’ noise is blaring.
Of those who were aware of the GDPR only about a quarter have taken action. Like lots of us with Christmas shopping it looks like there will be a last-minute rush. Of course, just like joining the last-minute rush – you may not get what you want.
The fact that you’re reading this post, plainly means that you’re in the group that’s aware of the GDPR, but you may be wondering what you need to do next.
If you haven’t done it start with an audit of the personal data you are holding. It’s worth remembering that the scope of what counts as personal data is pretty broad. As well as personal data in IT systems, paperwork in any form of filing system may well hold personal data as well.
You may well find that a name and address, for example, is held in 5 different places and be from more than one source. It may take a long time, but once you understand where personal data is located and how it’s held, many of the other requirements for compliance start to fall into place.
If you don’t want to get trampled in the mad last minute rush it’s time to get going.