With just two years until tough new EU GDPR data privacy regulations come into force, now is the time to prepare in order to avoid huge fines.
EU GDPR Deadline
  • The compliance deadline for EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is 25 May 2018.
  • Introduced to ensure stronger protection of the personal data of EU citizens, GDPR imposes new controls on how such data is processed and stored.
  • Significant penalties for non-compliance (4% of annual global turnover or €20million, whichever is greater), mean no organisation can afford to ignore the new regulations.
  • You will need to gain a clear understanding of what sensitive personal data you store and evaluate your processes to manage and protect it.


Personal data is any data which can be used to identify a specific individual. Any files containing unique attributes such as National Insurance Number or NHS number or a unique combination of information about individuals such as driving licences, passport records, utility bills or birth certificates which can be used to distinguish one person from another and are classed as personal data. Such information will need to be managed very carefully.

EU GDPR Data Privacy


The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has been producing some helpful materials including a GDPR checklist which highlights twelve steps you can take now to prepare, with an early recommendation to consider an Information Audit.


The first step to compliance is to understand what personal data is stored (and possibly buried and lost). In addition to revealing exactly where up to thirty five types of personal data are located, Connexus IG’s groundbreaking Information Audit rapidly delivers deep insight into the broader quality and health of your digital landfill. This evaluation of the value of different types of data leads to the creation or enhancement of DLP (Data Loss Prevention) policies within a broader Information Governance strategy to manage and protect that data. Our unrivalled combination of World-class consulting and revolutionary software enable you to identify the risks and take control.


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