The aim of the GDPR2DSM project has been to create an easy-to-use tool to help companies increase their data protection expertise, assess the current state of their practices and, on this basis, get tips on how to meet data protection requirements. The first version of the tool is based on a survey carried out in early 2021, on the basis of which the Data Protection Tool was developed in cooperation with companies.
We will further develop the tool based on the feedback received. If you have any ideas for developing the tool, please get in touch!
Our aim is that the tool will be ready by the end of October 2022. The tool will be implemented on the basis of open source code, which will enable its free further development after the project has been completed. The Data Protection Tool will be translated into Swedish and English, which will make it possible to use it also in other EU countries.
In addition to the tool, the website also publishes other material related to data protection that benefits SMEs. For example, we publish case examples related to data protection challenges faced by SMEs.
During the project, we have organised seminars and webinars for SMEs. At the events, we will discuss data protection from the point of view of the everyday life of SMEs. You will be informed about upcoming events by subscribing to the project newsletter.
Data protection is a competitive asset, and it is worth telling your customers about it. When a company is certain that it will do so, it can innovate, renew and expand with confidence in the EU’s digital single market. However, many small and medium-sized enterprises still need more information and support in data protection issues both in Finland and elsewhere in Europe.
The aim of the project and the tool implemented in the project is to increase the data protection expertise of small and medium-sized enterprises and, in particular, to help companies that find the application of the GDPR challenging. At its best, the transfer of small businesses to the digital environment and the EU’s internal market is promoted at the same time.
The longer version of the name of the two-year GDPR2DSM project, which started in November 2020, describes the objective: The GDPR opens doors to the Digital Single Market with key online tools for SMEs and support for capitalising on opportunities.
The project is coordinated by the Office of the Data Protection Ombudsman, and the project partner is the Finnish Information Society Development Centre (TIEKE). The project is funded by the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme.