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81% of IT managers unfamiliar with new EU data protection regulation

New research from data recovery specialists Kroll Ontrack and data erasure experts Blancco has found that 81% of IT managers across Europe are unfamiliar with the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The GDPR aims to unify data protection laws to meet the challenges of the digital age and in particular, strengthen the protection of online personal data. When enacted into law, it will require all businesses handling EU residents’ data to delete personal information on request or when it is no longer required by the organisation and encourage the use of auditable deletion procedures for companies processing personal data.

Kroll Ontrack and Blancco caution that non-compliant businesses could receive significant fines, and are at risk of large scale reputational damage.

Paul Le Messurier, Programme and Operations Manager at Kroll Ontrack, said: “Organisations still have a great deal of work to do to ensure they comply with the data protection guidelines of the new GDPR regulation. Any business holding personal data on EU residents, be it online or offline, will have to abide by the new rules.” 

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    This really doesn’t come as a surprise at all – partly because the regulations have been coming for a couple of years now. But the regulations do represent a significant change in how organisations will be allowed to handle data going forward, which, given recent ICO findings on the charity sector, will represent a huge compliance challenge; one which will need to be overcome with better technical solutions, a greater understanding of the technical issues, and most importantly of all – training.