As the implementation of the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) fast approaches, the European Commission has called on data protection authorities and national governments to be ready for the major changes in law, and to provide support to organisations as they adapt. Noting the particular need to ensure that Europe’s SMEs are prepared for GDPR, the Commission has also launched an online tool dedicated to their specific needs.
According to the Commission, only two EU Member States have already adopted the relevant national legislation to prepare for the GDPR. To make sure that states are ready for 25 May, when the Regulation takes force across the continent, the Commission, in newly published guidance, has urged governments to speed up the adoption of national legislation, and ensure that national data protection authorities are equipped with the resources needed to guarantee their efficiency and independence.
For its part, the European Commission is dedicating €1.7 million to help fund data protection authorities and train data protection professionals. Another €2 million is available to help national authorities communicate with businesses, particularly SMEs, on data protection.
More information is available on the European Commission's website.