A GDPR awareness campaign has been launched aimed at people running micro-businesses – those employing fewer than 10 people.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will replace the current Data Protection Act when it comes into force on 25 May 2018.
Regulated by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the new law gives people more control over how their data is used, shared and stored and requires organisations to be more accountable and transparent about how they use it.
It has been described as the most significant overhaul of data protection laws in decades.
The ICO campaign has been launched with a series of radio adverts, which are principally aimed at micro-businesses who haven’t heard about the GDPR at all.
“All organisations have to be ready for the new data protection rules, but we recognise that micro-businesses in the UK face particular challenges,” said Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham.
“I’m sure the women and men running micro businesses in the UK will want to be ready when the new law comes into force, but they may not know where to start, and that is what the new tools and information on our website can help with.
“For the large majority of micro businesses, the steps towards GDPR compliance can be practical and achievable without costly or expensive external support.
“It’s also worth noting that many sector and industry groups and associations are offering help to micro businesses about the GDPR and can be a good starting point for industry-specific advice.”