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The GDPR brings new responsibilities to companies in the UK, which also brings additional and new responsibilities for the UK’s regulator, the Information Commissioner’s Office. These aren’t minor tweaks to existing rules, but some major changes. For example, currently the maximum penalty is £500,000. This will be going up to €20 million or 4% of global turnover. Investigations will need to be held under the new GDPR requirements, creating extra work for staff adjusting to a new system.
In March this year, the ICO said it expected to increase its staff by an extra 200 people over the next two years. It is good to recognise that the ICO is understaffed for the upcoming task at hand. This is a 40% increase, which is significant for any workforce. Interestingly, it may seem like a massive effort given Brexit has the potential to alleviate the ICO of its GDPR responsibilities. As the UK is likely to continue to deal with EU customers, it is probably best to implement and maintain enforcement of the GDPR.