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Apricorn Comment - GDPR anniversary

May 2022 by Jon Fielding, Managing Director, EMEA Apricorn

This Wednesday 25th marks four years since GDPR came into force. The comments on the regulation from Jon Fielding, Managing Director, EMEA Apricorn:

"The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has certainly demonstrated its worth over the past four years, affording citizens more control over their data and forcing businesses to analyse their security posture and make changes where necessary. The ICO has shown its teeth, handing out a whopping total of € 1,635,173,146 in fines to date and it’s clear they are following through on their promises in that respect. But, this also demonstrates the real-world consequences for poor data protection practices and shows there is work still to be done.

In fact, a recent survey carried out by Apricorn found that over 40% of respondents had notified the ICO of a breach/potential breach since GDPR came into effect or were aware that they had been reported by someone else. With the number of breaches showing no sign of receding, businesses must take action. Many are still mired in confusion and the regulation can be hugely overwhelming.

Organisations need to be mindful that GDPR is an ongoing process and not just a tick box exercise. The most common ways to maintain compliance are to continue to enforce and update all policies and invest in employee awareness on a regular basis. Additionally, encryption is a key component within the compliance “kit”, helping to lessen the probability of a breach and mitigate any financial penalties and obligations that would apply in the unfortunate event of a breach."

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