A new survey from IT vendor Ipswitch has highlighted a considerable lack of preparedness among European businesses regarding the upcoming implementation of the planned EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Reported by Tech Week Europe, the poll of more than 300 European IT professionals revealed 63 per cent were unaware of even what the acronym GDPR stood for, while 73 per cent were unable to state the timeframe in which GDPR is to come into effect – late 2014/early 2015.
Meanwhile, just 12 per cent of respondents stated they felt their company is fully prepared for the implementation of GDPR and just five per cent said they had contacted any data management clients they work to ascertain their level of preparedness.
Overall, the survey revealed a perhaps shocking lack of awareness surrounding this important change in data protection legislation – a situation that will need to be quickly rectified if businesses are to avoid potential fines and other sanctions as a result of data breaches in the future.
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