Businesses urged to prepare for stronger data protection laws

New research has revealed that fewer than half of all businesses and charities are aware of new data protection laws four months before they come into force.

The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is to be implemented in UK law via the Data Protection Bill in May 2018, as part of plans to help the UK prepare for a successful Brexit. However, the survey finds that only one in four aware of the incoming regulation, and more than a quarter of businesses and charities who had heard of the regulation made changes to their operations ahead of the new laws coming into force.

Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, said: “We are strengthening the UK’s data protection laws to make them fit for the digital age by giving people more control over their own data. And as these figures show many organisations still need to act to make sure the personal data they hold is secure and they are prepared for our Data Protection Bill. There is a wealth of free help and guidance available from the Information Commissioner’s Office and the National Cyber Security Centre, and I encourage all those affected to take it up.”

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