If you work in any business environment that relies on handling personal data of any kind, you will almost certainly be aware of the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) coming into force in the UK from May 25th 2018. If you’ve avoided the topic until now, chances are you’ve recently started receiving emails from every organisation you’ve ever dealt with, usually checking whether you still consent to them holding on to your personal information and using it to communicate with you.

This influx of messages from vaguely-panicked marketers is an indication of what’s happening across most industries at the moment. Despite a long preparation period since the incoming law changes were announced, many businesses are scrambling at the last minute to ensure they’re prepared for the deadline, which is now just two weeks away.

If you and your colleagues have been too preoccupied with day-to-day business to worry about data protection, you’re not alone. The good news is that it’s entirely possible to get organised in the time you have left, but time is of the essence. Here are our top three tips for anyone making a last-minute dash to prepare for GDPR implementation day.

1. Ensure you understand the law

As with any legislation changes, the key to success is understanding what the law actually means for your business. The most important step you can take is to do your research and understand what you should be doing in terms of data protection. Then you can address whether you’re already doing those things, and how to start if you’re not.

2. Hire a professional GDPR expert

Finding time to ensure everyone in your business has a full understanding of GDPR is probably the most difficult aspect of compliance, which is why GDPR services like those we offer at Y2X are by far the best option. Our experts are fully up-to-date with the new regulations, so we’ll be able to advise you on exactly what steps you should take.

3. Prioritise your action points

This is another area where expert consultation can be invaluable. Given the limited time left until the GDPR deadline, it may not be possible for you to guarantee compliance immediately. You will need a clear, structured plan that sets out what needs to be changed urgently and what can be reviewed later on an ongoing basis.