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Are you struggling to manage your organisation's GDPR compliance?

Is existing implementation advice too complex and time-consuming?

Does the prospect of a regulatory fine make you feel overwhelmed?


If your answer to any of the above questions is 'yes', you could be suffering from GDPR fatigue.

Take control of your compliance today. Download our free guideThe 7 Steps to Highly Effective GDPR Compliance.

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Drawing on years of first-hand experience helping organisations with the GDPR, we have broken down the walls of complexity in this free guide, The 7 Steps to Highly Effective GDPR Compliance has been designed with one purpose in mind: to take you from where you are in your GDPR compliance journey to where you want to be. 

Download your free guide and learn how to:

  • Assess your current level of compliance and prioritise areas for immediate improvement; 
  • Identify and minimise any risks that result from your data processing;  
  • Educate and empower your employees to make better security decisions;   
  • Develop the controls, policies and procedures needed to meet the requirements of the GDPR; 
  • Implement a DPIA (data protection impact assessment) process;
  • Manage and respond to data subject access requests (DSARs); and 
  • Plan, monitor and maintain an effective GDPR compliance programme.

 

Identify and overcome the 5 stages of GDPR fatigue

1. Denial

If you’re in this phase, it can be difficult to wrap your head around the changes ushered in by the GDPR. You might think that the Regulation is overly complex, or that the compliance requirements are too challenging.  In response, you may try to move forward like nothing has changed by convincing yourself that the GDPR won’t affect your organisation.

2. Anger

Denial works great... until it doesn’t. You can’t bury your head in the sand forever. Once the gravity of the GDPR sinks in, you may begin to feel uncertainty about what lies ahead. This can lead to anger. The prospect of having to learn, change and adapt can cause you to feel resentment towards the new regulation. At this stage, it’s common to pick fault and find grievances that can be blamed on the GDPR, regardless of whether this is logical.

3. Bargaining

In the face of change we often seek to negotiate a compromise, and so bargaining occurs. You are so overwhelmed by your obligations under the GDPR that you’ll do anything to diminish the intensity or immediacy of the responsibility. “Fine,” you say. “We’ll roll out a privacy policy, and then tackle the rest of the requirements as and when we have the capacity to do so”. Bargaining rarely provides a sustainable solution, especially not in the context of the GDPR. Partial compliance is simply non-compliance.

4. Depression

With the onset of enforcement action, the increasing burden of accountability can make it difficult to remain angry for long. When it becomes clear that the GDPR is here to stay, you may experience low morale or even depression. At this stage, you might still feel resentment towards the GDPR  -  but you can no longer deny that it’s there.

5. Acceptance

Once you realise that fighting the GDPR won’t make it go away, you can stop resisting change and begin to deal with your compliance obligations strategically. This transition comes with the realisation that the changes ushered in by the GDPR are inevitable, and maybe with a growing sense that they are also necessary. Getting here is not pain-free, but it can happen in an instant. It’s simply a decision to begin dealing productively with the reality of your responsibilities.

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