A law for everyone

Features Posted 09/04/18
Businesses employing fewer than 10 people should not ignore GDPR, warns the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

It has launched an awareness campaign via media advertisements aimed at “micro businesses” who have not realised the need for compliance.

Information commissioner Elizabeth Denham said: “All organisations have to be ready for the new data protection rules, but we recognise that micro businesses in the UK face particular challenges.

“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.”

The ICO highlights the eight principles of compliance with Data Protection Act, which ensure that personal information is:

  • fairly and lawfully processed
  • processed for limited purposes
  • adequate, relevant and not excessive
  • accurate and up to date
  • not kept for longer than is necessary
  • processed in line with your rights
  • secure
  • not transferred to other countries without adequate protection.

The ICO can take action to change the behaviour of organisations and individuals that collect, use and keep personal information. This includes criminal prosecution, non-criminal enforcement and audit. The ICO has the power to impose a monetary penalty on a data controller of up to £500,000.

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