written by Nicole König
May 25, 2018, hovers threateningly above the heads of entrepreneurs. Some call it the monster under the bed.
Do you lose sleep over the GDPR? We’re here to help!
We browsed the web, tried and tested sources we know we can trust to help you prepare for the new need-dos and must-dos.
What the GDPR means for entrepreneurs and the measures you must implement in your company: a lot of colleagues aren’t yet clear on that.
If you are one of the early-adopters and all set up for May 25th, congratulations! There’s nothing more we can teach you (but maybe you’d like to take a peak at the bonus section below).
For everyone else, I listed 12 resources helping you out with your last-minute preparation for the GDPR.
This list does not claim to be complete.
Professional preparation for the changes in data protection can only happen in cooperation with experts.
Now, for your self-learning endeavor:
The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the most important change in data privacy regulation in 20 years – we’re here to make sure you’re prepared.
If you don’t have a clue what GDPR is, like, at all, Wikipedia is your friend.
From 25 May 2018, almost all companies will be required to keep a register of their processing activities. This obligation hits solopreneurs and fortune 500s alike. For a very first impression, follow this link to the official GDPR portal.
- The web presence of the European Commission provides readers of (almost) any European language with a summarized and visually appealing approach to data protection for small companies.
- Your WordPress website, ready for the future. On their website, codeinwp offers a complete WordPress GDPR guide.
- And then there’s the mothership. On WordPress’s headquarters, a huge collection of helpful articles, among them the one plugin you should install today.
- All too much to handle? Breathe. Here’s a countdown to help you stay on top of your GDPR preparations.
- Speaking of counting the days, the Certification Europe website has a very special article for you to read. It’s almost two years old, which, in internet years, is a millennium. Still, it offers in-depth information on compliance and the GDPR in general.
- Even older, but very easy on the eyes and written in plain language (which we LOVE) is this article by the Data Protection People.
- A bit more recent and much more fun: their GDPR quiz. Test your knowledge!Side note: if you’re a US company with no EU presence and you’re wondering if you should care about this, the answer is YES. Even if you don’t care about it, your EU customers do, and it will affect whether they use your product. From a purely legal perspective, if you process EU citizen data, which will be [checks clipboard] pretty much every company, this law applies to you.
- On the Compliance Junction’s website, you’ll find a sequence of articles covering HIPAA and GDPR compliance for US-based companies.
- The UK website of Simply Business offers an abundance of information. In addition to an overview and a comprehensive checklist, they over definitions of GDPR-related terms and detailed information on what to do with “old data” come May 25th.
Another article of theirs covers the gap between lethargy and panic amongst small business owners.
- One more great UK resource: The Information Commissioner’s Office. Their website offers a very comprehensive guide to GDPR. Check out their 12-point checklist on steps to take NOW, a PDF download.
- Don’t close that browser tab just yet. Instead, check out the toolkit for data protection self-assessment, aimed at small companies and organizations. You’re welcome.
- Finally, the ICO’s FAQ page offers additional information and external resources.
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