The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has launched a dedicated telephone service aimed at helping small businesses prepare for new data protection laws under GDPR.

The phone service will add to a package of tools and resources already available for organisations getting ready for the General Data Protection Regulation – GDPR -which comes into effect on 25 May 2018. This new law enhances rights and obligations from the current Data Protection Act.

The new service went live on 1 November 2017 and will be based around the ICO’s existing public helpline, which handled around 190,000 calls last year. The telephone number is 0303 123 1113 1.

The ICO has also simplified its popular “12 steps to take now” graphic in response to calls from small and micro businesses that they need access to targeted information about how to prepare for the GDPR. You can access the revised documentation here.

And the ICO is revising its simple-to-use SME toolkit – a resource used by around 9,000 businesses a month since January 2016 – into a GDPR checklist that will allow businesses themselves to identify gaps in their own preparation for the new law.

Further detailed information can be found at the ICO’s website here.