14th March 2018

GDPR. Why all the fuss? Why the panic? Why the worry? Is it necessary?

Well, before you read any further, take a seat, breathe deeply and slowly, get yourself one of those funny herbal teas and put on some whale music.

Now read this slowly…

If you are acting or plan to act soon and take GDPR seriously you have absolutely nothing to worry about. Nothing at all.

It’s a process. You deal with those on a daily basis within the work environment. We’d all be lost without a good process. Businesses and organisations run on, among other things, processes. Will it be a little time consuming and painful at the beginning? Sure. But once you get over the initial hurdles it will become part of your day to day business routine, like so many routines you have. In a year’s time, there will be another process, or routine you’ll have to apply. GDPR is and will become just another process, another routine that becomes second nature.

If you plan to do nothing, wait to see what happens and won’t do anything until you’re forced to; you clearly aren’t worried. Yet you should be. If it gets to the point where the ICO (Information Commissioners Office) is aware you’ve done nothing to implement or prepare for GDPR, it may not be pleasant. You may also damage your reputation among staff, stakeholders, customer, patients and client.

Would you want to do business with a company or organisation who don’t care about your data?

If you haven’t started, start. There is plenty of information available online to help you get started. The ICO’s website is a great source of knowledge for SME’s. Then there are unscrupulous people like me who will happily take your money for providing help and assistance where you need. (For the other people like me who read this, I don’t really think you’re unscrupulous, just myself)

If you have started, or even finished, then you can sit back, relax, forgo the meditation, whale music and funny teas and smirk warmly inwards. Have a coffee and a KitKat. Other chocolate bars are available.

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