Not started on GDPR yet, our data classification template can help!


GDPR is not a one off exercise, so we have created an easy to understand spreadsheet to help you make sense of your data.


General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is really (Analog & Digital) Data Protection, and for a small to medium sized business knowing where to start with GDPR can be a nightmare. It is important to understand though that most GDPR tasks are something you probably needed to be doing anyway or probably already do without realising, namely:


Business Process, Shadow IT, Retention, Marketing, Rights/Sharing, DLP/BC/DR. Responsibilities & Legal Requirements


Think of this as a series of questions about your data when it comes to personal information. What do you hold, Who do you have data on, Why do you have it, Where is it stored, When did you get it, How did you get it, etc. etc. You can see a video of my GDPR 101 - a SMB viewpoint talk I gave to ISACA and at the law firm Taylor Wessing in London, which explains things in more detail.


GDPR questions to ask


These questions need to be answered to classify your data for GDPR and decide whether a Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) is required, no matter the size of your business. For small and medium businesses a good starting point is our GDPR Data Classification Template which lists over 51 types of personal data that you might be holding and the basic questions that need answering.


GDPR Data Classification Template
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Once you have filled in the main spreadsheet, you can move onto the detailed Where sheet, which helps identify more granular risks and of course, exactly where the data is.

GDPR Data Classification Template - Where in detail
GDPR Data Classification Template - Where
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Other GDPR Resources

For guidance on Data Protection Impact Assessments (DPIAs) see the UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) which also includes a sample DPIA template for you to adapt if you wish. 


To directly download the template visit: 


Or alternatively you could use the free DPIA software by the French Data Protection Authority, at:


UK ICO Resources

Data protection self-assessment toolkit for SMEs


Data Breach Reporting webinar