Tens of thousands of UK microbusinesses are struggling to comply with the new GDPR rules, which require us to achieve the same level of compliance as multinational businesses like Amazon and Google, when we might have only one employee.
Many have had to cancel important projects, to work on this full-time. Many are simply giving up and closing their businesses, because it is too complex – there were no simplifications for the smallest businesses.
Many are finding that the USA-based software companies they rely on to run their businesses will not allow them to be compliant in time.
And national media outlets are getting consumers excited about the ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’ to clear out their inboxes. So GDPR reconfirmation rates are averaging 10% – we’re losing 90% of our potential customers.
Here is why we need an emergency extension to the ICO’s 25th May deadline:
Here are some of the reasons why we are struggling:
We therefore need an emergency extension to the 25th May deadline for microbusinesses, especially those who are at the smaller end of this sector. We need until the end of this year to be able to properly comply with GDPR, without seriously damaging our businesses.
We are asking Elizabeth Denham at the ICO and Andrew Griffiths, the UK’s Small Business Minister, to help make this happen.
More background on the GDPR rules and how they affect micro business is here.
Clare Josa sets Passionate World Changers free from Imposter Syndrome and their secret 3am fears, so they can make the difference they are really here to make in the world. She is the author of five life-changing books, including the much-loved Dare to Dream Bigger. Her sixth book and debut novel, You Take Yourself With You, has been described by readers as 'unputdownable'.
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