Ten years on: UK survey shows widespread SME ignorance

Jeremy Phillips

According to an article on SMEweb, the British Government is stilling failing to help small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) understand the Data Protection Act nearly 10 years after the law first came into effect. This is the conclusion drawn from recent research, commissioned by Invu and conducted by YouGov. Its findings show one in four British SMEs is unsure or does not believe that it is compliant with the Act. Around 30% of respondents said they did not realise that the Act covers both paper-based documents and not just those held electronically, while just over half did not know that they have to reveal personal data about an individual held in any filing system within that timeframe.

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