Currently many organizations are considering the actions to take to become compliant before the deadline. To help them, the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published 12 steps to take on your road to GDPR compliance. Here, we will present all 12 steps and help you start down the road to compliance.

You can perform step one (Awareness) today with the purchase of Good e-Learning’s GDPR Action & Implementation eLearning course. Specifically designed for mobile learning, you can study on your phone, tablet or laptop.

Step 1 – Awareness

The GDPR will have implications across any organization; sales, marketing, HR, IT and many other departments will need to understand how it might affect their day-to-day work. Employees from the senior decision-makers downwards will need to be aware of their own responsibilities and obligations.

Step 2 – Information you Hold

One of your first steps in compliance will be to survey the personal data that you currently hold, possibly in the form of a data audit. Document the source of your data, and any further sharing of the data you currently conduct.

Step 3 – Communicate your Privacy Information

Any data audit should be accompanied by a survey of your current Privacy Notices. Document any changes you may need to make in content (what is your legal basis?), location, format and timing.

Step 4 – Your Data Subject’s Rights

Review your procedures in light of the rights of the Data Subject established under the GDPR. How long are you retaining data? How is data deleted? Are you able to provide information in a “portable data format”?

Step 5 – Subject Access Requests (SARs)

Preparing your organization for the efficient handling of Subject Access Requests will be a key part of implementing the GDPR. You might consider creating GDPR-compliant response letters to ensure that Subject Access Requests are properly replied to. Look at establishing the technical procedures necessary to compile an individual’s data quickly and in a compliant format. Staff awareness will need to be high.

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Subject Access Requests may arrive anywhere in the organization, across many departments. It is essential that the first response is considered and well thought out.

Step 6 – Your Lawful Basis for Processing Personal Data

Review your processing activity in light of the legal bases for processing set out under the GDPR. Document the lawful basis of your data processing, and make it plain in your Privacy Notice.

Step 7 – Consent

As part of an initial personal data audit, review how you are currently seeking consent, and how you record and manage it and, ultimately, whether you need to make changes.

If you have current consents that do not stand up under the GDPR, then actively seek out new consents from the Data Subjects.

Step 8 – Children

Consider whether your organization processes the data of vulnerable Data Subjects (especially children). You may need to take measures to make sure you are verifying Data Subject’s ages, and whether your processing requires parental or guardian consent.

Step 9 – Data Breaches

The GDPR contains new legal obligations regarding data breaches and notifications. Take a look at your measures to detect, report and investigate a breach of personal data.

Step 10 – Privacy by Design and Data Protection Impact Assessments (DPIAs)

Organizations should be assessing risks to Data Subject’s rights when conducting any project planning or business modeling. Organizations are also obligated to demonstrate their compliance with the GDPR. To this end, you should familiarize yourself with the current guidance on implementing Data Protection Impact Assessments. Look at how to implement them, when to implement them, and what they should cover.

Step 11 – Data Protection Officers (DPOs)

At an early stage organizations should identify someone whose role is to take responsibility for GDPR compliance. Work out where this role sits in your organizational structure. Study the current guidance on the Data Protection Officer, seek counsel, and decide if you are required to appoint one.

Step 12 – International Aspects

Should your organization conduct operations across more than one EU member state, you must seek counsel on which local supervisory authority is most relevant (the ICO in the UK, for example). Look to WP29 to help you do this.

Take your First Step in Preparing for the GDPR

Drawn from the articles and recitals of the regulation itself, as well as the latest information from supervisory authorities (such as the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)) and the Article 29 Working Party (WP29), this e-Learning course concentrates the latest guidance from disparate sources in one online location.

GDPR Action & Awareness

There are 13 lessons covering the essential topics of the GDPR, such as the Rights of the Data Subject, Privacy Notices and Subject Access Requests (SARs). Each lesson concludes with a brief quiz to check your understanding before you move on.

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Richard is the Portfolio Manager and one of the Senior Instructional Designers at Good e-Learning. A BA (Hons) in Philosophy from the University of Essex started an unfortunate habit of collecting degrees, with the count currently standing at three. After many years a stand-up classroom trainer for organisations such as Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley, Richard realized a switch to e-Learning would allow him to do much more sitting down. This he did with Thomson Reuters before joining Good e-Learning in 2015. When not acquiring esoteric and useless facts, Richard is mostly found installing tricky Minecraft mods for his son and his friends.