3. Don’t start yet
This Dumb Way to Fail at GDPR is short and simple: If you want to fail at GDPR, then be sure not to start your preparations yet.
How many days are there until the GDPR is enforceable? The new legislation was adopted on 27th April 2016, and will be enforceable from 25th May 2018. That’s (give or take a bit) 126 working days from now. We’re three-quarters of the way through the allotted time to prepare for GDPR, and organisations need to be ready then.
That’s not the start date for preparation, it’s the start date for enforcement. Supervisory authorities won’t be interested in mitigating arguments that “we didn’t know about it,” or “we didn’t have enough time” (although we’ll talk about those in a future piece). If you want to be ready, you need to be working on it now (or better still, get a time machine and start 18 months ago).
If all that sounds a bit daunting, then take comfort that 25th May 2018 is a Friday, so hopefully you can have a bit of a lie down for a couple of days before you have to work out how to live in a GDPR world on Monday 28th May.
Please suggest your own GDPR Dumb Ways to Fail in the comments below, and we’ll add them to the list to be tackled in the coming days.