Current research has shown that about half (46.8%) of the United Kingdom office workers are not aware of whether the company they work for is taking a
Current research has shown that about half (46.8%) of the United Kingdom office workers are not aware of whether the company they work for is taking a step of complying with the current European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The study discovered a lot of confusion which could cost the United Kingdom businesses a lot of cash in the non-compliance fines once the regulation becomes functional on the 25th of May 2018. Office products experts, who started the survey of one thousand office workers, discovered that seven per cent of the employees believed that their company did not know about the new regulations that aim to offer the citizens control over their own data. About 44% of the respondents agreed that they saw some printed confidential documents at their workplace, while thirty two per cent had seen private emails & documents mistakenly on their work mates’ screen in the workplace. Twenty four per cent of the United Kingdom office workers similarly admitted that they never shredded work documents that left them vulnerable to intruders’ eyes. GDPR criteria dictates that a company that processes or even stores confidential information about the European citizens should comply with the imposed laws about the data confidentiality & storage. This incorporates any confidential data stored on file, either physically or digitally. It’s not only in the work place where individuals need to be compliant since around thirty per cent of the respondents admitted viewing their colleagues’ laptop when they commuted. Businesses should make sure that even when working, the employees must prevent other people from getting access to information about their customers & contacts. The imposed regulations are going to protect the consumers from those companies which hold unnecessary data concerning them, and also ensure more emphasis is given to prominent & unambiguous client consent and should be able to withdraw when they feel like. Darryl Brunt, who is a United Kingdom Sales & Marketing Director, states that: regardless of the impending deadline of the GDPR, their research has it that several companies seem not to have policies & systems put in place to secure confidential information. In case this data is later stored in an illegal manner or if it lands on unintended hands, the risk caused to an organization might be irreparable. It is important for businesses to acquire robust systems that protect personal documents and also securely shredding the obsolete sensitive documents. Any British business which fails to comply with this GDPR starting from May of 2018 might face large fines that range up to eighteen million or even more.