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EU businesses oblivious to the coming of GDPR

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Every fourth European company has no idea GDPR is coming its way. Consequently, they don’t know about the dangers and the draconic fines that follow those that don’t comply with the upcoming regulation. 

This is according to a new report by IDC Research (opens in new tab), based on a poll of 700 European companies. More than half (52 per cent) don’t know what the impact on their organization is.  

Even among those that were aware of GDPR, the findings aren’t what they should be. Every fifth company (20 per cent) still hasn’t started preparing for the GDPR, even though it’s just a year away. Almost 60 per cent were still getting their system in line with the rules, which means just 21 per cent is ready for the regulation. 

GDPR, or General Data Protection Regulation, is set to come into force in May 2018. It regulates how businesses must handle data gathered from EU citizens. That includes how they gather it, how they manage and store it, and importantly – how they protect it. 

Those that don’t comply with the GDPR could face huge fines – up to four per cent of the company’s annual earnings, or €20 million, whichever number is greater.

IDC has also taken a closer look into encryption, and how businesses are using it. File encryption has been implemented in 46 per cent of the firms, and is desired by 36 per cent. On the other hand, full-disk encryption is in use in 38 per cent of companies, and desired by 34 per cent of them.

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Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.