A little more conversation needed to get small businesses GDPR ready

Mike Cherry of the FSB

Responding to yesterday’s Government announcement regarding the UK’s Data Protection Laws, Mike Cherry, National Chairman at the Federation of Small Businesses, says: “Small businesses need to get ready for the introduction of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and today’s statement provides a bit more information. However, for almost all smaller firms, the scope of the changes have not even registered on their radar. They simply aren’t aware of what they will need to do, which creates a real risk of companies inadvertently facing fines.

“As rules come into force in May 2018, we need to see a commitment from the Government and the Information Commissioner’s Office to provide support and guidance for the 5.5 million-strong small businesses community in good time.

“Learning the lessons of auto-enrolment, this should be allied to early, focused and clear communications. This is key for a gold standard approach to data protection that the Government seeks. FSB took part in the Government’s consultation to request this, but there is no sign yet that this has registered. We will be taking this up with Ministers.”