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GDPR Unknown to Most Adults

GDPR Unknown to Most Adults

The majority of UK workers are unaware of incoming general data protection regulations (GDPR) leaving employers with work to do on GDPR awareness.

Security firm Netskope commissioned a survey of 2,000 UK adults to get a snapshot of current understanding of the GDPR among adults, and the extent to which the employers have informed staff about the changes.

The survey revealed that 63% had not heard of the GDPR and less than 10% of respondents claimed to have a detailed knowledge of the regulation. Just over 14% of respondents said they had heard of the regulation but did not know what it was.

70.4% said they had not been told anything about the GDPR by their employer, despite the fact that all UK companies handling EU citizens’ personal data will have to be compliant in 16 months’ time.

Vice president for Netskope in Europe, Andre Stewart, said the findings of the survey show that organisations have a lot of work to do to educate employees on the GDPR.

He said: “With seven in 10 UK adults yet to be educated about the GDPR by their employers, it’s possible that many employers are either unaware of the importance of coaching staff or they are not yet making the GDPR a high priority.

“Unfortunately, both approaches are misguided and leave companies open to GDPR compliance breaches – and massive potential fines as a result.”

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