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Over half of UK businesses unaware of changes to EU Data Protection

Over half of UK businesses unaware of changes to EU Data Protection

posted in Product ● 2 May 2014

A survey has revealed that many UK businesses have failed to prepare for the impending changes to EU Data Protection law. Responded to by over 850 Senior IT Decision Makers, it revealed that half of the UK respondents were unaware of the changes to EU Data Protection and only 10% understand the steps their organisation needs to take in order to be compliant.

Currently, UK businesses face a maximum fine of £500,000 from the ICO should they fail to adhere to data protection law. The proposed reform of EU Data Protection would mean that organisations would be monitored by a single governing body that has the power to impose fines of up to £100million or 5% of global turnover should they be found to be in breach of data protection rules; a significant impact upon all businesses.

The EU Data Protection reform aims to strengthen online privacy rights and better protect individuals than it currently does. The proposed changes include “the right to be forgotten”, whereby unless an organisation has a legitimate reason , they will be required to delete any data held on an individual.

The survey also revealed that 85% of respondents believe their organisation will face significant challenges in meeting these demands. For many organisations, the proposed change will add a further burden to already heavy IT workloads and tight budgets. To ensure safe and compliant change, IT managers will require a holistic overview of their entire IT estate. Having this wider view will enable IT managers to focus on only the changes required to remain compliant, rather than blindly and unnecessarily changing the entire IT estate, thus reducing the cost, time and effort involved.

Are you worried about complying with the upcoming data protection reforms? Redstor’s range of secure and encrypted cloud services are already protecting the data of over 10,000 organisations across the UK. Redstor’s Online Backup service ensures data is safely backed up offsite in an encrypted format. Our cloud sync and share service, Centrastor, enables organisations to store and share files securely online from any device with an Internet connection and our CentraStage service enables support providers to guarantee that devices they support are regularly audited, patched and safely up-to-date for effective endpoint management. Our Virtual Disaster Recovery service guarantees to have your systems up and running within minutes following a disaster. To find out more about our services and how we can help you comply with data protection laws and prevent data leakage, please contact us either by giving us a ring on 01189 515 200 or emailing [email protected].

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