Why bother with GDPR before May 2018?

The GDPR enforcement date is 25th May, 2018 - you have plenty of time to get compliant, don't you? The answer is "No!" However, much you might like to avoid what might seem to be boring, technical and unnecessary admin. there's going to be a lot of it, so, it's best to start now!

And anyway, GDPR is already in force in the UK. We're actually in a two year grace period that was designed to give organisations time to become GDPR-compliant. If the Government has given us 2 years, it's probably not a good idea to give your organisation 2 days, 2 weeks or even 2 months to sort it out!

"Leaving compliance to the last minute is just not an option..."

The first thing you need to make sure of is that everyone in your organisation is aware that the law is changing to the GDPR. They need to appreciate the impact it's likely to have and identify areas of weakness within your organisation. Your risk register, if you have one, is a good place to start. Implementing the GDPR will require resources of time, money and effort, especially if you are a large and/or complex organisation. Leaving compliance until the last minute is just not an option.

"Figuring out what you actually need to do is the first step..."

The whole concept of GDPR might seem overwhelming, but, figuring out what you actually need to do is the first step. Our future blogs, videos and podcasts from us will guide you on this, but, the general principle is, find out what actions you need to take now so that you can plan a flightpath for being GDPR-ready by 25th May.

To find out more about how Greycoat Law can help you to become GDPR-complaint, give us a call on 0191 500 9762 (Newcastle) or 020 8989 9111 (London).

Note that this article provides general information only. It is not intended to provide specific legal advice for any individual case. If you want tailored legal guidance on your situation, you should contact a specialist lawyer. The law, as we've described it, is correct - according to the laws of England and Wales - as at the date this article was first published.

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