This blog makes an interesting read and is the first in a series of planned articles from the ICO seeking to address the biggest myths and misconceptions relating to the GDPR. With the discussion of consent, guidance, the burden on business and breach reporting still to come, this transparent and proactive approach from the ICO should help organizations sort the GDPR fact from the fiction. The quote from Elizabeth Denham from the ICO also provides a timely reminder that the introduction of the GDPR is a good thing, with the new legislation designed to protect the rights and freedoms of individuals and not to issue businesses with crippling fines.
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I’m worried that the misinformation is in danger of being considered truth. “GDPR will stop dentists ringing patients to remind them about appointments” or “cleaners and gardeners will face massive fines that will put them out of business” or “all breaches must be reported under GDPR”. I’ve even read that big fines will help fund our work. For the record, these are all wrong. If this kind of misinformation goes unchecked, we risk losing sight of what this new law is about – greater transparency, enhanced rights for citizens and increased accountability. - Elizabeth Denham, Information Commissioner's Office