The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy that requires organisations to safeguard personal data and uphold the privacy rights of anyone in EU territory.
The GDPR has impacted the functions of organisations across Europe, particularly Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). However, while multinational corporations and big companies have embarked in extensive audit and implementation programmes to ensure adequate compliance with this new legislation; SMEs seem to lack awareness of the GDPR’s impact on their organisation and are lagging behind in taking necessary actions to adopt the new measures.
How can we support SMEs to increase their awareness of, and implement the GDPR?
The STAR II project will support SMEs in adopting the GDPR by reviewing state of the art in awareness-raising activities and planning effective, subsequent activities, including:
Trilateral hosts semi-structured interviews with Data Protection Advisors to understand the complexities and challenges SMEs face with regards to implementing and upholding the EU data protection reform package.
The interviews deepen and clarify the scope of awareness-raising and assistance required for the implementation of GDPR within SMEs.
Trilateral works on enhancing the project findings by creating a network including data protection advisors and SMEs representatives, amplifying STAR II’s results and encouraging the uptake of the project’s resources to increase awareness of the GDPR and support SMEs in successfully complying with the new legislation.