Businesses must do more to prepare for the introduction of new data protection regulations, said the European Commission at the launch of new guidelines for the law’s implementation.
According to the Commission, while some companies are very well prepared for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which takes effect on 25 May, “knowledge of the benefits and opportunities is not evenly spread”.
“In today’s world, the way we handle data will determine to a large extent our economic future and personal safety. We need modern rules to respond to new risks, so we call on EU governments, authorities and businesses to use the remaining time efficiently and fulfil their roles in the preparations for the big day,” said justice commissioner Vĕra Jourová.
The reform of the trading bloc’s data protection law is billed by the Commission as bringing many benefits to business—chiefly the harmonisation of laws across the EU and a one-stop shop whereby businesses only need deal with one member state’s supervisory authority.
Support for companies
The commission said it would hold a series of events across member states to help stakeholders, including business leaders, better prepare for the implementation of GDPR.
It has also launched an online tool to help businesses and other stakeholders learn more about how they can comply with and benefit from the new rules. The guide provides a central point for companies to learn more about what they need to do and how the law will be enforced.