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The GDPR Temperature Tool; helping businesses to comply with the new EU General Data Protection Regulation

Following four years of preparation the EU General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR was approved by the EU parliament in 2016 and came into force in May 2018.

The EU (H2020) funded project has developed and published the GDPR Temperature Tool to help and support European companies, especially those small to medium sized (SMEs), on their risk of receiving fines or sanctions under the GDPR.

The online tool enables SMEs and others to conduct a self assessment enabling them to “understand their exposure to risk of sanctions due to GDPR violations and act accordingly in order to improve their compliance posture” according to Paolo Balboni, the lead creator of the tool.

By answering a set of questions on data processing activities, the tool provides an indication of a company’s risk to sanctions.

According to the website, filling out the questions only takes 15 mins. Moreover, individual  recommendations to lower the risk level for a company are provided by ICT Legal Consulting.

The tool can be accessed here. 


Notes: This Article is based on an update about the tool by the European Commission and the tool´s website.

Author: Niklas Hamann


European Commission (2019). The GDPR Temperature Tool – A new free resource for European SMEs to understand their risk of GDPR-related sanctions. In: Cordis Available at: (2019). A free online tool helping small businesses understand their risk of GDPR-related sanctions. Available at:


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