Time is running out to get ready for GDPR.
How is your GDPR compliance programme coming along?
The ICO has stressed that "there will be no 'grace' period" for compliance, "there has been two years to prepare and we will be regulating from May 25th".
The recent DCMS/IPSOS study has found that the majority of organisations in private and third sectors have never even heard of soon-to-be-implemented EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and far fewer still have done any work to prepare for the incoming legislation.
Figures published by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) reveal that just 38 per cent of companies and 44 per cent of charities in the UK are currently aware of GDPR, which introduces much more stringent rules around use of personal data - along with heftier fines for breaches.
Of those that have heard of the legislation, only 27 per cent of businesses and 26 per cent of charities have made any changes to their operations in response to the new regulation.
This means that about nine in ten organisations are yet to do any preparation for GDPR, just four months ahead of its implementation date of 25 May.
Bill Limond, Former CIO, City of London, City of London