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European Firms Far From Ready for New Data Rules

European Firms Far From Ready for New Data Rules

A study has revealed by the end of 2015 many firms will have a long way to go to comply with the revised data protection legislation.

If all goes to plan, European firms will have to comply with the reviewed laws some time in 2017, following a two year implementation phase.

However, despite 84% of 1,500 office workers polled in the UK, France and Germany saying Europe needs stronger data protection laws, 77% are not confident their organisations comply with current rules.

The study also revealed that while 91% of respondents had at least one safeguard in place when it came to protecting personal data, only 59% had antivirus protection.

Almost half said their organisation either did not have a data protection policy in place, or had not told employees about one.

When it came to securing mobile devices, only 31% of those with company phones were able to confirm they were encrypted, compared with 51% confirming their company laptops were.

The large gap between encryption on mobile phones and laptops highlights the continued unwillingness to accept mobile phones as a risk to companies.

Anthony Merry, director of data protection of Sophos said: "Although there is still some fine-tuning to be done to the proposals for reformed data legislation in the EU before they can become law, the core principles are unlikely to change.

"All in all, we see this as a positive step in the right direction to bringing all member states under a single set of rules appropriate for the modern, digital world."


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