See the bigger picture: how an infographic can help you become GDPR compliant

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is set to come into force in May 2018. The initiative will affect every single business and organisation that comes into contact with other people’s personal data, whether they be customers, suppliers, staff, volunteers or simply those who interact with them via social media.

Drawn up by the Information Commissioner’s Office – the UK’s independent body overseeing information rights – the GDPR is a brand new legal framework that will be put in place across the EU to safeguard individuals’ data protection rights in the UK and beyond, and to inform and advise employees who have responsibility for data protection protocols at work.

The GDPR will apply in the UK from 25 May 2018 and is not expected to be affected or superseded by Brexit. UK companies are obliged to ensure they meet its revised data protection requirements in time for this deadline. This expectation applies to both ‘controllers’ and ‘processors’, namely those who maintain personal data files and those who decide how is used. Timely compliance with the new laws will be mandatory.

So how can your company get the message across to those who need to know?

Topics like this are crucially important, yet they can be complex to digest and even harder to remember all the facts longer-term.

For many people, a picture tells a thousand words, and the rise in popularity of the infographic seems to tally with this sentiment. A well-designed infographic can turn a dry, unexciting topic into an engaging concept through the skilled distillation of data and the use of simple images, symbols, arrows and charts.

Once you have a clear idea of the data you want your infographic to portray, you can let your imagination run wild to create a high quality visual representation of your key points. Popular infographics include graphs, bar charts and pie charts, as well as maps, tables and timelines.

When it comes to the words, keep it simple. Don’t waffle; make each word count. Your aim is to include as little text as possible to get your point across. Just as the most effective political or charitable campaigns contain powerful images and attention-grabbing headlines, so must your infographic make people stop and think without having to wade through lots of detail.

We believe that infographics are the ideal medium for your communications about the fast-approaching GDPR. Our design team have helped dozens of companies produce simple, streamlined and highly effective visual communications through attractive, effective infographics.

So, if you are in need of some help, advice or inspiration for your GDPR communications strategy, or would just like to find out more about how a professionally designed infographic can work in your company’s favour, get in touch with Detail today.

For further information about the GDPR, please visit the ICO website at: ico.org.uk/for-organisations/data-protection-reform/overview-of-the-gdpr