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GDPR - are we nearly there yet?

By El Cook |
GDPR - are we nearly there yet?

It’s been a long time coming, but there’s now just six weeks until the GDPR comes into force.

We’ve performed plenty of research for clients on the topic, and our very own Chloe Byrne wrote a short report on GDPR a few months ago as part of our State of IT series.

The regulations were public before 2016. It feels like we've been talking about it forever. Businesses must have ticked everything GDPR-related off their to-do list and be moving on, right?

As a final check ahead of the regulation's introduction, in March we interviewed 300 IT decision makers from enterprise organisations in the UK and US to find out how prepared they are.

Have a click around the interactive charts to see the results.


 

Shockingly, with so little time left to go, most are still not ready. A lot of our past research has highlighted a lack of preparation, it's crazy that so many still aren't ready just the month before the deadline. With so few saying that they are totally prepared, a large number of businesses are leaving themselves open to hefty fines and prosecution.

Giving organisations the benefit of the doubt, it could be that they're being diligent, spending the last few weeks checking and re-checking everything is in place ahead of the 25th May. But why hasn't that been done already?

And what’s worse is that organisations in the US are more likely to be prepared than those in the UK. While it's true that US companies tend to be ahead of the curve for adopting and implementing most things, organisations in the US will have had far less work to do to become compliant compared to organisations in the UK. Regardless of the amount of work involved, it’s eye-watering to find that organisations in the US are more likely to have started preparations for GDPR earlier than those in the UK.

It's a tense time for organisations, and it'll be fascinating to see what happens as GDPR comes into force. There's no indication on how quickly investigations and prosections might happen, but given the distinctly sour public mood after Facebook and Cambridge Analytica's recent uproar, it's likely that European regulators will be keeping a close eye on the abuse of data.



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