January 3rd, 2018
GDPR is coming and internal communicators need to be prepared. Coming into effect on 25 May the General Data Protection Regulation is a piece of EU legislation that will supersede the Data Protection Act. It aims to keep people’s data safer and to give people more say on how their personal information is used.
It’s complex and affects everyone. Internal communicators aren’t just responsible for communicating to employees what they need to do but also review the data they hold on employees and ensure they are also compliant.
Chances are your colleagues in information security are already on the case, but it’s integral that internal communicators are involved. If an employee breaches the legislation, it’s the organisation that pays the fine (€20million or 4% of annual turnover, whichever is higher).
I recently worked on an Internal Communicator’s Guide to GDPR for CIPR Inside, which provides advice on preparing for GDPR comms now. If you haven’t started yet, I recommend reading this as the first step.
I also wrote a blog for Alive with Ideas on reputation particularly around GDPR and the gender pay gap that you may also find helpful.
If you’re looking for internal communication support or advice on GDPR, feel free to email me or call me for a chat about how I can help you.