Responding to the Government release of its plans for a shared approach to data protection, Mike Cherry, National Chairman at the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), said “Research from FSB shows that data protection is definitely on the minds of small business owners, with almost 60 per cent of members ranking data protection laws as a significant regulation they have to deal with.”

“Many of these small businesses will be relieved that Government is trying to avoid a regulatory ‘no man’s land’ by committing to keeping harmonised data protection standards. I believe that this a common sense approach that will allow smaller firms to continue preparing for the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) next spring.”

“In the longer term, small businesses recognise the opportunities that Brexit presents and the possibility of reforming data protection regulation so that it is flexible but still allows the flow of data across borders. We know that many small businesses have concerns about the incoming GDPR and many are simply unaware of the scope of the changes. There is a clear and present danger that companies could inadvertently face a fine if action is not taken to provide support and guidance to help them properly prepare for data protection changes.”

“We are continuing to work closely with our European partners on key data protection issues, such as ePrivacy, geoblocking and GDPR to ensure that the concerns of UK small businesses are considered.”