52% of UK businesses are still not compliant with GDPR

New research from Egress, the compliance company, has revealed that more than half of British businesses are still not following the rules set out by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Having surveyed 250 GDPR decision makers in UK companies, it found that 52% were still non-compliant with the regulations that came into force in May 2018. That was despite the fact that 96% stated that they had invested in GDPR compliance in the last year and 70% were feeling positive about protecting data.

Of the people polled, 42% believed that they were almost compliant. Egress’ researchers believed this represented a loss of focus and backed that up by the stat that 35% stated that GDPR compliance had become less of a priority over the past 12 months.

Moreover, 37% have reported a data breach to the Information Commissioner’s Office, the independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, including ensuring compliance with GDPR. Of the surveyed decision makers, 17% had reported more than one incident.

Several big names have gotten into GDPR-related hot waters recently. That includes British Airways as well as tech titans Google and Facebook who were both accused of unlawfully listening in on people’s private conversations.

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