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UK Businesses Urged to prepare for GDPR

UK Businesses Urged to prepare for GDPR

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has said there is no time for businesses to delay in preparing for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

In a video addressed to UK business leaders, Elizabeth Denham called on companies to see the benefits of preparing for what she described as the “biggest change to data protection law for a generation”.

She said: “If your organisation can’t demonstrate that good data protection is a cornerstone of your business policy and practices, you’re leaving your organisation open to enforcement action that can damage both public reputation and bank balance.

“But there’s a carrot here as well as a stick: get data protection right, and you can see a real business benefit,”

Deputy Commissioner, Rob Luke, also highlighted the business benefits of GDPR compliance at a discussion about the legislation hosted by industry body TechUK.

He believed the best outcome would be where organisations take an approach to data protection that earns the trust of consumers in a more systematic way. He said the ICO’s vision about the GDPR is of increasing data trust and confidence among the UK public, but said that this can only be achieved by working in partnership with the private, public and third sectors.

He said: “An important part of that is developing key relationships with representative or umbrella organisations as multipliers and amplifiers for our engagement with different constituencies,”

He added that the ICO is working quickly to produce a detailed guide, both at national and European level, through the Article 29 EU working party. He urged however,whilst this is continuing to be developed organisations should not wait for definitive guidance on every aspect of the GDPR before taking action.    

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