UK FSB Boss Claims Smaller Companies are Not Yet Ready for GDPR

May 30, 2018


Mike Cherry, the national chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses in the United Kingdom, has said that the bulk of smaller companies were still working on their compliance with the latest European Union GDPR.

GDPR was introduced on May 25 and has extensive effects on how confidential data is to be managed, nevertheless, several smaller companies are not yet prepared.

The new EU legislation was prepared to give people in the European Union new powers to control as well as access their private data, and allocating giving regulators increased authority to impose penalties to companies who do not manage private data correctly.

Charry stated: “GDPR has been introduced and the possibility is that many of the UK’s 5.7 million smaller companies won’t be compliant.”

He went on to state: “It is worrying that the scale and burden of the reforms have proven too much to manage for a few of these companies and there is now a real requirement for support among the small business community. It is essential that the ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office) primarily deals with non-compliance in a light touch way as against slapping small companies with penalties. Small companies should see the ICO as a safe place where they can go for help and advice in making the alterations necessary to be compliant.”

The ICO has moved to guide companies it won’t be in a hurry to impose huge penalties immediately after the launch of GDPR. Elizabeth Dunham, Information commissioner stated this week that “even though the ICO will be able to impose much bigger penalties – this law isn’t about penalties. It is about putting the citizen and consumer first”.

Last Thursday, only one day before the launch of the new EU rule, ICO reported on Thursday that parts of its website were crashing because of the demand from users visiting with GDPR-connected queries.

ICO tweeted “We are facing an exceptional demand for our payment facilities as we approach the launch of the GDPR, which is producing our online facility to run more slowly than normal. You may get in touch us at a later date if you face any delays using our online payment facilities.”