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Over half of UK businesses aren’t sure they comply with data laws.

34% of the 1,200 companies polled by security software company Sophos about the UK’s data protection laws said that they were concerned that they did not comply with data protection legislation.  A further 14% said that they did not know whether or not they complied, and a further 15% said that they did not know whether or not they complied but were not concerned about it.

Source ComputerWeekly.com 15th July 2010.  http://www.computerweekly.com/Articles/2010/07/15/241989/Data-protection-laws-too-relaxed-say-nearly-half-of-UK.htm

Comment

The Data Protection Act has been around in the UK for over a quarter of a century.  It’s still quite astonishing that many companies are not aware about the UK’s data protection legislation.  Quite clearly, changes are afoot with the recent hike in penalties and fines and the drive to give the ICO greater powers.  The good news is that it’s reasonably quick and easy to assess whether your company is compliant and, if it’s not … to do something about it.