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Bristol companies still breaching GDPR rules

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Written by: Hannah Baker | Posted 29 November 2018 16:32

Bristol companies still breaching GDPR rules

General data protection regulation (GDPR) rules came into effect more than five months ago, but more than half of Bristol-based businesses are still failing to adhere to some of the legislation, research has revealed.

Some 58 per cent of companies in the city failed to wipe data from the IT equipment they disposed of in the two months following the introduction of GDPR, according to the report by IT procurement firm probrand.co.uk.

A total of 72 per cent of all Bristol businesses do not have an official process for disposing of obsolete IT equipment, while 81 per  wouldn’t know who to approach in their company to correctly dispose of old or unusable equipment.

Matt Royle, marketing director at proband.co.uk, said: “Given the amount of publicity around GDPR it is arguably impossible to be unaware or misunderstand the basics of what is required for compliance.  

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"So, it is startling to discover just how many businesses are failing to both implement and follow some of the simplest data protection practices.

“It is especially startling to see this overwhelmingly high percentage for businesses based in Bristol, considering the sheer number of companies the city has in close concentration.”

The fines involved in a GDPR breach, warns Matt, can be hefty.

He added: "What appear to be less tangible impactors, like reputational damage, customer trust and loyalty, will ultimately become financially significant.

“Given these findings, it is clear that more needs to be done to ensure that all businesses have a disposal procedure in place to avoid inadvertently leaking sensitive.data.”

Picture credit: PA

 

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