With the 25 May 2018 deadline fast approaching the ICO has launched a dedicated advice line for small organisations designed to provide essential assistance in preparation for when the GDPR comes into force.
The service will target the needs of small businesses and charities that perhaps do not have the infrastructure to employ their own internal full time GDPR team or external consultants to ensure that the right preparations are being made to both understand and comply with the the new regulation.
The new dedicated service, live from November 1 2017, can be contacted by calling 0303 123 1113 and selecting Option 4 from the menu.
The ICO website already contains a significant amount of information regarding the new regulations and a number of tools to assist organisations in their preparation for GDPR, including an update version of the 12 Steps to Take Now – Preparing for the GDPR guidance which can be found here. The new telephone service will supplement the information available on the website and the team will be able to answer questions and provide advice not only on the new legislation but also on the current laws.
Commenting on the new advice line, Elizabeth Denham, The Information Commissioner said;
“All organisations have to get ready for the new data protection rules, but we recognise that the 5.4 million small organisations in the UK face particular challenges.
“Small organisations want to be ready when the new law comes into force in May 2018, but they often struggle to know where to start. They may have less time and money to invest in getting it right and are less likely to have compliance teams, data protection officers or legal experts to advise them what to do.
“Our new phone service and all the other resources already on our website plus even more advice and guidance yet to come will help steer small businesses through the new law.”