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Europe law bypasses technology professionals

This isn’t the place to debate the European Union membership question, but for the moment at least the UK is still “in” – and a new law on data came into play last week which has been overlooked by almost 70 per cent of IT professionals.

According to a YouGov survey commissioned by Noddle Protect, some 68 per cent of such professionals are unaware of the EU General Data Protection Regulation, which has just become law. The implications of the law are that businesses need to start taking more precautions and being ready to alert clients if and when their data is compromised. From mid-2018 there will be fines of up to four per cent of turnover in the event of a serious breach.

The same research found that security is inevitably high on the agenda for most technology professionals. Specific concerns vary: 57 per cent of professionals would worry about a drop in their reputation, while only 17 per cent would be concerned about a loss of customers.

Reassuringly, 81 per cent of businesses had contingency plans in the event of a data breach – but 12 per cent said they didn’t. We’re guessing the other seven per cent fudged the issue somehow.