GDPR Update – New advice line and resources tailored for SMEs made available by the ICO in preparation for the GDPR

In November 2017, the Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) launched a new advice line with the sole purpose of assisting SMEs in their preparations for the implementation of the GDPR.  The GDPR will become directly applicable in all EU member states with effect from 25 May 2018 and there have been growing concerns about the disproportionate cost to smaller businesses of complying in full with the comprehensive new regime.  The launch of the advice line was followed, in December 2017, by the publication of various new resources specifically aimed at small and medium sized enterprises.

The aim of the new advice line and the new resources is to ease the compliance burden on SMEs whilst ensuring that they are still properly equipped to comply with the new rules.  The Information Commissioner has commented that “businesses may be small, but they still hold important personal information and the need to gain the trust of their customers is just as real”.

Rebecca Gardner, Corporate & Commercial Partner at Howat Avraam Solicitors comments:  For many small businesses, these new resources from the ICO could not have come soon enough.  With only 5 months to go until the GDPR comes into force, many small businesses remain uncertain about exactly what will be required of them under the new regime.  The new ICO resources include an FAQ document which answers the most common questions asked by SMEs in connection with the GDPR, as well as a self-help checklist and links to a variety of other helpful guidelines.  The GDPR is a complex piece of legislation and compliance is not optional.  As a result, any help from the supervisory authority between now and the 25th May 2018 will no doubt be gratefully received.


Howat Avraam Solicitors provide Corporate, Commercial, Employment, Intellectual Property and Contract Dispute advice to companies, business owners and individuals.  As business owners ourselves, we have a pragmatic in-house approach to resolving issues before they arise by working alongside our clients, as part of their team.  We are commercial, practical and entrepreneurial in our approach to legal services.

To discuss any Corporate or Commercial matter, including the GDPR and data protection queries, with us on a no obligation basis, please contact Rebecca Gardner on 020 3735 6700 or email Rebecca at  Alternatively, visit our website at for more information.

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