...hasn't been invented yet, and never will be. Sorry.

Yes, it's April Fool's Day (at the time of writing). But I wanted to take the opportunity make a (semi) serious point. Nearly a year on from the implementation of GDPR, it still appears that a large number of businesses have been persuaded that compliance with data protection law can be achieved through shortcuts and quick fixes.

There is no magic black box that can be plugged into a company's IT systems that will render it GDPR compliant. But equally having a set of data privacy notices and policies which set out a compliant regime on paper is meaningless, if it is not reflected in the culture of the organisation.

The ideal GDPR compliance solution is multi-faceted and pervasive throughout an organisation. It is built on foundations of information security and a comprehensive awareness of the company's data estate, reinforced by a set of clear and comprehensible policies, formal notices and accessible guidance, and encouraged through top-down leadership and regular and business-specific training.

The benefits are numerous. In addition to the security of knowing that the business is operated in a legally compliant way, there are commercial benefits to getting a proper handle on the data it holds, frequently one of the organisation's most valuable assets. Privacy compliance is increasingly often being seen as a market differentiator, and will certainly come to assume more importance on due diligence for disposals or acquisitions.

With all of these compelling reasons to take digital governance seriously, you'd be a fool not to!