Three-Quarters of UK Businesses Facing Compliance Problems Following Lockdown

Three-quarters (75%) of UK data protection officers (DPOs) anticipate the Covid-19 lockdown will cause difficulties in meeting data compliance obligations, potentially leading to large fines, according to a study by Guardum.

Compliance Problems Post-Lockdown

In the survey, 72% of DSOs expect a backlog of data subject access requests (DSARs) upon returning to the office, while 3% are concerned there will be a “mountain” of DSARs to complete when they go back.

Additionally, 30% of DPOs believe there will be a massive increase in DSARs over the next six months. Furloughed or laid off employees during the pandemic will be a major driver of this growth according to 73% of respondents, while one in five said it will be the biggest single factor.

Under GDPR rules, if requested, organizations must provide data subjects with a copy of their personal data within 30 days or face the prospect of a maximum fine of up to €20 million or 4% of turnover from the Information Commissioners Office (ICO).

The findings suggest that HR personnel will face substantial data compliance challenges once the UK government’s furlough scheme ends in October. Under the scheme, the government pays a portion of the wages of employees who would otherwise lose their jobs during the crisis. It is expected that as the scheme is wound down, however, many of these workers will be made redundant.

Rob Westmacott, co-founder of Guardum, commented: “HR personnel will soon find themselves at the sharp end in dealing with large DSAR volumes raised by disgruntled former employees. If DSAR volumes reach the record levels DPOs expect then firms will struggle to meet their 30-day turn-around obligations using conventional manual processes.

“DSAR requests can be time consuming and costly: maintaining the privacy of any third parties means that the process of redaction will become impossible to manage effectively without some form of automation.”

The report also found that 46% of all DSARs received by mid to large-sized organisations are from employees or contractors, while one-third (33%) comes through legal representation, with ex-employees making up 15% of this portion.

We’re Team Metalogic

We’re Team Metalogic, an IT support provider offering outsourced managed services to SME’s across the UK. With a proven track record, with extensive experience and a full portfolio of industry accreditations & certifications.

Our stress-free solutions don’t complicate things, in fact, they improve efficiency and save money.

News source: https://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/

Share this page

New Partner Portal

We're excited to announce our all-new IT support and management portal for our Partners. It gives you access to everything you need from a single place — with plenty of additional benefits too.

Find out more

7 brilliant reasons to use outsourced IT services

Almost every business in every sector needs some kind of technology in order to achieve their goals. From the PCs, laptops and mobile devices you use every day, to the servers your business operates on and the security of your data, IT is everywhere. 

Find out more

Windows 11 is coming: What are its key features and benefits?

It’s been half a decade since Windows 10 was released, and the IT world is preparing itself for a big change. It’s recently been announced that Windows 11 is going to be released towards the end of this year, promising a cleaner, fresher feel than its predecessor but still with the familiar aspects that we all love about Windows.

Find out more

What is Azure Windows Virtual Desktop?

As the workforce becomes increasingly remote, the need for flexible, agile working is becoming more and more important and so technology needs to meet these requirements.

Find out more

Wondering if we have the right solution for you?

We’d love to talk

Request a call back

We use cookies to personalise and enhance your experience on our site and improve the delivery of ads to you. Visit our Cookie Policy to learn more. By clicking 'accept', you agree to our use of cookies.