The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is setting up a dedicated phone helpline to help small businesses in preparing for General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
The service will go live on November 1, and will be based around the ICO’s existing general helpline.
Additionally, the ICO is streamlining its “12 steps to take now” infographic guide to GDPR compliance, as well as providing a GDPR checklist.
It also plans to publish a comprehensive “guide to GDPR” by the end of the year.
Information commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, said:
“There are 5.4 million businesses in the UK that employ fewer than 250 people. When it comes to data protection, surveys show they tend to be less well prepared.
“We know that most businesses want to get things right but often struggle to find the key steps to get started. They also have less time and money to invest in getting it right. They may not have compliance teams or data protection officers or access to legal advice.
“The businesses may be small but they still hold important personal information and the need to gain the trust of their customers is just as real.”
GDPR comes into force EU-wide on May 25, 2018.