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Remote workers risk GDPR fines by printing confidential documents at home

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Remote working is adding another layer of complexity for companies looking to stay compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR (opens in new tab)).

According to a new report from confidential shredding company GoShred, a fifth of remote workers in the UK have been printing out sensitive documents at home, averaging five documents per week.

These documents include payroll data, addresses, medical information, and even CVs and application forms. According to GoShred, printing this type of information presents a high risk, mostly because documents can easily be misplaced and end up in the wrong hands.

If that were to happen, the company would be held responsible and could be fined according to GDPR's strict rules (opens in new tab).

For this reason, it's vital employees know how to properly dispose of documents, but many do not. A quarter of respondents said they plan to bring documents back to the office with them, while a further 24 percent said they had a shredding machine at home, but threw the shredded pieces in the bin (which is not recommended).

A further eight percent have no plans for disposing of these documents, while seven percent said they didn't know how.

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.